Neuroticism and Long-Time Stress Linked to Alzheimer’s in Women
Women who feel anxious, moody and distressed for significant amounts of time during middle age may be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, a new study suggests.
In the study, researchers followed 800 women over 38 years. At the study’s start, their average age was 46. The researchers assessed the women’s levels of distress andneuroticism, which is a personality trait that psychologists describe as the tendency to feel negative emotions when you are threatened or frustrated. The researchers also examined the women’s memory abilities, and looked at how extroverted or introverted they were.
During the study, 153 women developed some type of dementia, including 104 who developed Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that…
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