Study: Anxiety In Mid-Life Is Related To Dementia And Cognitive Decline At A Later Life.
Physical Changes Due To Anxiety And Chronic Stress May Increase The Risk Of Dementia
According to a study, persons with anxiety in middle life have an increased risk of developing dementia in later life. However, it is not clear if dementia is a result of anxiety at an earlier life, or if anxiety is an early symptom of dementia. However, chronic anxiety generates a stress response via the hormone cortisol, which sets the body in a fight-or-flight situation. This hormone accelerates the aging of cells and promotes changes in the nervous system, which could increase the risk of dementia. Dementia is a neurodegenerative condition, which means that the symptoms will get gradually worse. Among these symptoms are mood changes, and problems following a conversation, with movement, and with concentration. However, the process leading to dementia begins in the brain 20 years before the symptoms show. Click here for more information.