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Midlife stress may be linked to dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Posted on October 16, 2013 by DementiaGuide

According to a recent study bySwedish researchers, midlife stress may be linked with risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

The study, which spanned nearly 40 years, linked midlife stress to a 15 percent increased risk of developing any type of dementia, and a 21 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

According to the authors, common stressors "...may have severe and long-standing physiological and psychological consequences". Stressors looked at in the study included divorce, work problems, illness in a relative, and many more.

In an aging population, with dementia cases expected to triple by 2050 according to the World Health Organization, discovering possible early factors of dementia is extremely important in prevention.

The full study, published in the Sept. 30 issue of the online journal BMJ Open, can be read here: http://www.bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/9/e003142

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