By Neuroscience News
Karolinska Institutet researchers dive into the ties between chronic stress, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Their groundbreaking study shows that individuals aged 18-65 with prior chronic stress or depression diagnoses face a heightened risk of Alzheimer’s.
In Sweden, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, with a rising incidence as life expectancy increases.
Those with both chronic stress and depression are up to four times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those without these conditions.
Chronic stress is defined as enduring stress with no breaks or relief for at least six months.
While the links are evident, causality remains unclear, necessitating further in-depth research.
Identifying all potential risk factors is crucial, given the rarity of dementia in the 18-65 age group.
The ultimate goal? Early identification and timely interventions for those at risk of dementia.