STATES CHRONICLE – After multiple warnings this year that if nothing is done about the increasing number of Alzheimer’s cases the global cost for the disease will skyrocket to trillions in under 5 years, researchers have finally come up with one of the horrible illness’ causes. Read on to find out how researchers link high stress with Alzheimer’s.
After a long while, researchers have determined stress to be a factor in the early on-set on Alzheimer’s. Not only that, but they even managed to determine that managing your emotional distress can post-pone, or even fully avert the highly degenerative cognitive disorder.
Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Health System performed the study, and found some pretty worrying results.
The study, led by Mindy Katz, senior associate in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein and Richard Lipton, Einstein and Montefiore’s vice chair of neurology, used data from the Einstein Aging Study started in 2005.
The researchers used the Perceived Stress Scale to analyze the level of stress felt by senior citizens, and linked the results with the number of amnesiac mild cognitive impairment cases that appeared in the patients. The amnesiac mild cognitive impairment is usually a symptom leading to the on-set of Alzheimer’s.
It was determined that the participants who rated highest on the stress scale were the ones who were two and a half times more likely to be affected by the on-set of the highly degenerative cognitive disease.
The type of stress the researchers tested for was the regular type of stress, experienced day to day by billions of people. But the level of objective stress wasn’t really as relevant as the level of the perceived stress, proving once again the power of our minds over our bodies.
Alzheimer’s is in the top 5 leading causes of death in America, and statistics for the degenerative disease have increased drastically in the last year, with the number of cases increasing by 40% since 2000.
There is some good news however, as researchers have also come up with a couple of methods to postpone the on-set of the horrible, debilitating affliction.
Among the things that help prevent it, we have cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction, some drugs that reduce stress levels, and even drinking.
Yes, you read that right.
According to a different, 3 year long study, participants who drank two or three alcoholic beverages each day were about 77% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
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