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Too Much Stress Might Lead To Alzheimer’s Disease

Dec 23, 2015 01:53 AM EST


Alzheimer's disease is classified as a progressive disease that attacks its victim's memory and cognition. And a recent study shows that too much stress can somehow lead to it.

A research done by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System concluded that chronic stress can lead to the development of mind's cognitive impairment, which increases the chances of having Alzheimer's disease. According to Dr. Richard Lipton, vice chairperson of both Montefiore and Einstein, people these days are stressing over the simplest things, which, if left untreated, could lead to a much more serious brain disease. He explained that people who have acquired a certain intensity of cognitive impairment are most likely to acquire Alzheimer's disease -- amnesty cognitive impairment is one of it's most often symptoms after all.

Dr. Lipton and his team then did a study of 500 individuals who are all on the seventh decade of their age. The main objective is to test their level of stress.

The thing is, none of the participants have experienced or is experiencing mild cognitive impairment during the start of the study. This experiment lasted for over 3 years and was named 'Einstein Ageing Study.'

In the duration of their research, they found out that 71 out of 500 participants have developed mild cognitive impairment. Dr. Lipton added based on his observations that those participants who have higher levels of stress are twice more than likely to acquire the disease. He also said that when bad things happen in someone's life, it's not just 'think and solution.' There's a long process that the body and mind have to go through. And if stress has pushed through for a very long time, it will only do some tears in our bodily system, causing our mind to falter.

And because of this, Dr. Lipton and his team advise any individual with high level of stress to take a much lighter approach in life and do activities such as yoga and sports to relieve stress.

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