Emerging evidence on the link between depressive symptoms and bone loss in postmenopausal women

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Abstract

Osteoporosis and depression are major health problems of crisis proportions in postmenopausal women. Researchers have established a relationship between bone loss and depression, although few studies have focused on postmenopausal women. The purposes of this integrative review were to synthesize and summarize the available literature on: 1) the associations between bone loss and depression in postmenopausal women; and 2) potential variables that impact the associations between bone loss and depression in postmenopausal women. After searching the databases PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, and the Cochrane library between 2007 and 2017, 12 articles met the inclusion criteria. The majority of the included studies supported the relationship between depression and bone loss in postmenopausal women, although little information is offered as to why this relationship exists. This review summarizes the research that has been completed on depression and bone loss in postmenopausal women and identifies gaps in the literature. These findings will aid in the planning of future research and the development of health care recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Health
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parathyroid
  • Physical activity
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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