Cortisol levels predict depression in teenage boys, study showsBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1654 (Published 20 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1654
- Krishna Chinthapalli
Raised morning cortisol concentrations are associated with three times the odds of clinical depression in teenage boys with depressive symptoms, a new study has found.1
Matthew Owens, the study’s lead author and a researcher at the University of Cambridge, said, “This new biomarker suggests that we may be able to offer a more personalised approach to tackling boys at risk of depression.
“This could be a much needed way of reducing the number of people suffering from depression—and in particular stemming a risk at a time when there has been an increasing rate of suicide among teenage boys and young men.”
The study stratified 1858 English schoolchildren aged between 12 and 19 …