Genetics may increase
risk for major Depression in Women
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers found that genes may
increase the risk of women developing depression more than in men. This
genetic factor increases the risk to approximately 42 percent with women
and approximately 29 percent in men.
First reported in the January issue of the American Journal of
Psychiatry this study is a large study of twins. The researchers
studied 42,000 twins with 15,000 being complete pairs from the Swedish
National Twin Registry.
"Our work, together with colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in
Sweden, represents the largest epidemiological study of depression in
twins done to date. In addition, it broadly replicates what has been
shown by our earlier work using the Virginia Twin Registry. In
particular, we have shown that depression is a moderately heritable
disorder, suggesting that genetic factors are important, but by no means
overwhelming," said the lead author, Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., a
professor of psychiatry and human genetics in Virginia Commonwealth
University’s School of Medicine.
Kendler suggests that genes may be responsible for the risk for
depression in woman due to the reproductive cyclic sex hormones,
especially during postpartum. The difference in the hormones could be
the reason for an increased risk for developing major depression in
women versus the men.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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