Sept. 10, 2017

Swansea University research establishes a link between stress and dementia

Researchers at Swansea University have been investigating the relationship between stress and dementia, and have discovered that reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia.

It is no surprise to find that stress is bad for our physical and mental health. It has been linked to several leading causes of death, including heart disease and depression. However recent research at Swansea University now suggests that the amount of stressful experiences we encounter can have dramatic consequences for the health of our brains.

This research has identified 27 events as being particularly detrimental to our brains – including being expelled from school during adolescence and experiencing unemployment as an adult – and each instance of stress was said to age the brain by an average of 1.5 years. Therefore experiencing several of these events could set a person back more than a decade in terms of cognition!

This research was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London in July 2017.

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Content added on 10th September 2017. 

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