STATES CHRONICLE – Being stressed out doesn’t only affect you now; scientists discovered a high level of stress can cause Alzheimer’s at a later stage in life.
Nowadays, stress is a given. Even children are stressed at least for once in a while. They get stressed over what happens at school or the homework they forgot to do. As we grow up, the stress gets higher. Teenagers don’t have only school to worry about. Peer pressure can be stressful, not to mention parents. Later, we get a job, maybe we form a family, we have kids and the stress reaches slowly but surely its climax.
According to a recent study led by a team of researchers at the ‘Albert Einstein’ College of Medicine, stress affects us on the long run as with the passing of age we might be more predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s.
The study involved the examination of 507 adults over the age of 70. During the study, 71 of them were diagnosed with aMCI which is short for “amnestic mild cognitive impairment”.
Although Alzheimer’s may behave differently from one patient to another, some early symptoms usually appear after 60 years old. The disease may be genetically inherited, so if someone in the family has had this disease, the children may develop it as well. Also, Alzheimer’s can be caught by observing changes which may occur in the brain.
However, scientists believe that the way we live could also have role in us developing the disease or not. Studies are being conducted to try and find out whether the environment in which we live or what we eat can be linked to Alzheimer’s.
The research shows that one of the issues connected to Alzheimer’s is stress and they believe that dealing with stress can help prevent the development of the disease. Stress can be reduced with drugs, although that is less recommended, with the help of cognitive-behavioral therapies and most importantly by setting up your mind to do it. Trying to reduce stress by admitting the problem and thinking of solutions to relax and become calm and less worried about everything that surrounds you. In this way you will feel better now, and you will also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s when you get older.
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