The Whole Body Connection
There is new information every day on how much our bodies speak with our environment and within separate parts with each other. I recently read a study and keeping in mind it was only one study, that showed a connection between depression and the degradation of DNA within the cell.
This particular study normalized for other factors such as alcohol, diabetes or other systemic diseases. This is also only one study, but I believe that many many years from now we will know just how important everything from mental health to diet to sun exposure and family time is directly important to health. In this case, the scientists studied the decay rate of a particular protein called a telomere. I have always been interested in DNA and cellular biology, even as a child. In this case, telomeres are proteins that actually help hold together our double-stranded DNA within our cells.
DNA is the instructional code that tells every cell in our body how to build proteins and eventually organs and then the entire body. In this case, it was found that people with depression had a faster decay rate and thus less inability to hold the DNA together.
More study will be necessary but this does not surprise me. We know that Oral Health or lack thereof has an effect on diseases such as Heart Disease, Diabetes, and now we now that unhealthy gums are linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.
It is basketball season here in the state of Kentucky and things will soon be heating up between the Cardinal and Cats Fans. Our offices gladly support both teams, even though both of our Doctors attended the University of Kentucky, we live here in the land of the cards so we show them the respect they deserve as last years National Champion.