Important health tip for those on antidepressant medication

August 25, 2018


Some SSRI medication for depression has been shown to alter bone health. So you will need to increase your exercise, calcium, and Vitamin D if you are on depression medications like these.


As women age and their estrogen levels begin to decline, you may want to consider all the ways exercise can help you improve treatment for depression. 


Women can look to additional benefits from exercise if they are on antidepressants. Exercise for women with both hot flashes and depression has been known to have many positive benefits.


Exercise can boost endorphins which make you happy, the right exercise can also Improving bone density is one of those benefits, that is particularly important if you are on a SSRI therapy.


A new study by Sheu ( SSRI use and risk of fractures among perimenopausal women without mental disorders. Inj Prev. 2015 Jun 25) showed their risk of having bone fractures was significantly increased.


Although women in perimenopause, when having hot flashes, are known to increase their bone loss, most rperienopausal and early menopausal women typically osteopenic, not ostoporotic, thus not yet at a significant risk for fractures of their bones. However, new data on the structure of your bones shows that even with reasonable bone mass, if your bone structure has begin to weaken you may be at risk for fracture. At WHP Health we can measure your bone structure with TBS analysis, not available at other institutions in the community, so call for an appointment 217-356-3736. 

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