Anxiety Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s

5 Jan

Evidence that anxiety is a predictive factor of whether person with mild cognitive impairment will develop Alzheimer’s disease.

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The importance of anxiety-reduction programs cannot be overlooked.

Source : Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Anxiety can damage brain — accelerate conversion to Alzheimer’s for those with mild cognitive impairment

 Toronto, Canada – People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at increased risk of converting to Alzheimer’s disease within a few years, but a new study warns the risk increases significantly if they suffer from anxiety.

The findings were reported on Oct. 29 online by The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, ahead of print publication, scheduled for May 2015.

Led by researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute, the study has shown clearly for the first time that anxiety symptoms in individuals diagnosed with MCI increase the risk of a speedier decline in cognitive functions – independent of depression (another risk marker). For MCI patients with mild, moderate or severe anxiety, Alzheimer’s risk…

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