Fortune March 26, 2023
Erin Prater

New research shows that those with longstanding mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are biologically older than their actual, chronological age. GETTY IMAGES

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who lives with a mental disorder, your body might be older than you think.

New research—presented this weekend at the European Congress of Psychiatry in Paris—shows that those with longstanding mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are biologically older than their actual, chronological age.

Researchers Dr. Julian Mutz and Cathryn Lewis, both with the King’s College London, looked at the blood metabolites—small molecules produced during the process of metabolism like lipids, cholesterol, and amino acids—from more than 110,000 U.K. residents. They found...

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