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Mid-life stress ‘can increase risk of dementia’

1st October 2013

People's responses to common life events may trigger physiological changes in the brain that could increase their susceptibility to dementia in later life.

This is the conclusion of a new study in the British Medical Journal that assessed the mental health and wellbeing of 800 Swedish women over a period of almost 40 years, with a particular focus on the psychological impact of 18 common stressors.

It was found that those who were placed under stress as a result of divorce, widowhood, the serious illness or death of a child, health problems in a close family member, unemployment and poor social support were more likely to develop forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease.

The researchers said the findings indicate that "stress may cause a number of physiological reactions in the central nervous, endocrine, immune and cardiovascular systems", though further research is needed to confirm the conclusions of the study.

Dementia is a common condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK, with most of those affected being over the age of 65.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801644635-ADNFCR

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