Stress linked to onset of dementia

StressLinkedToDementiaBBC News recently reported on a longtime study that linked stressful events in midlife to a greater chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Swedish researchers recruited 800 middle-aged women ages 38 and up and followed them for nearly 40 years, checking to see whether they experienced any stressful life events–such as a divorce, the death of a spouse, unemployment or caring for a sick or elderly relative.

They found that for every stressful event the women faced in midlife, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increased by 20 percent–regardless of how well they appeared to cope with the setbacks!

Experts say the findings probably also hold true for men. “This is the best evidence by far to link psychosocial stressors with dementia,” said Robert S. Wilson, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Rush University Medical Center. Previous research has suggested that stress hormones could contribute to buildup of proteins that are found in the brains of people with dementia. Wilson believes that stress reduction techniques should become part of routine health care.

The study is both interesting and illuminating. But the stressful events referred to have been a part of life forever. Most people in the old days realized that, and coped, going on with the many activities that their lives demanded. As an obituary junky, besides knowing a few of the very elderly myself, I’ve noticed many obits at the age of 95 or 100 or more. But most of the obits seem to be people in their 50s or 60s, with the deaths in the 70s and 80s in between the 60s and 90s.

Apparently our brains and bodies generally are less able to cope with “stressors” today.

Those who are informed and concerned about dangerous Pharma drugs, the nutrient-deficient Standard American Diet, and the ignorance  and apathy of much of the general public about our modern junky convenience food and commercials promoting them, are aware that health, including mental health, depends upon the mineral and microbe  health of the soil…which makes healthy plants..which make healthy foods, which make healthy bodies…and so on.

When we have depleted, monoculture, chemical-saturated soil, the mineral and nutritive value of our food is greatly diminished.

Perhaps that partly explains why  our bodies, as nature made them, have difficulties dealing with the onslaught of  today’s foreign substances.

 

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