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Stress in middle age 'heightens dementia risk'

Stress in middle age 'heightens dementia risk'
17th August 2010

Stress in middle age can lead to an increased chance of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study.

Research from the University of Gothenburg focused on the lives of nearly 1,500 women over 35 years, measuring stress levels over this period an monitoring cognitive function.

The scientists found a direct link between people being stressed in middle age and developing dementia in older age.

Reacting to the news, the director of research at the Alzheimer's Society Professor Clive Ballard said that this is important research as stress is a common problem in today's climate.

"We now need to understand why this link exists. Anyone worried about their stress levels should try to manage their lifestyle carefully and speak to their GP if they are struggling," he added.

According to an article in the American Medical Journal, healthy eating and exercise in middle age can help to ward off dementia.

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