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Dementia risk increased by stress

2nd October 2013

A study of 800 women has suggested that stress from events such as bereavement or divorce may increase the risk of developing dementia decades later.

The researchers found those who had to cope with stressful events in their 30-50’s were more likely to develop dementia later in life.

It was also shown the more stressful events there were, the higher the dementia risk became.

The researchers suggest hormones related to stress may be the cause, as they could trigger harmful alterations in the brain.

Dr Johansson and her colleagues say that future studies should look at whether stress management and behavioural therapy might help offset dementia.


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