Anxiety in middle age could lead to dementia later on in life

A recent study suggests that living with moderate to severe anxiety in midlife may lead to dementia in later years. Clinically significant anxiety in midlife was associated with an increased risk of dementia over an interval of at least 10 years

Anxiety in middle age could lead to dementia later on in lifePeople with moderate to severe anxiety in middle age may be more likely to develop dementia as they get older, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data from four previously published studies that tracked a total of almost 30,000 people for at least a decade. In each of the smaller studies, there was a clear […]

Bump on the head can double the risk of getting dementia, reveals study

People who have a mild traumatic brain injury, even without loss of consciousness, may be more than twice as likely to develop dementia than individuals who don’t have these injuries, a study of U.S. veterans suggests

Bump on the head can double the risk of getting dementia, reveals studyWhile severe and even moderate brain injuries have long been linked to an increased risk of dementia, research to date on the link between milder brain injuries and cognitive decline has been mixed, particularly for cases when patients didn’t lose consciousness. For the current study, researchers examined data on almost 358,000 veterans, about 90 per […]

Depression speeds up brain aging, reveal researchers

Depression is associated with accelerated brain aging, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of Sussex in England

Depression speeds up brain aging, reveal researchersPsychologists at the University of Sussex have found a link between depression and an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages. Although scientists have previously reported that people with depression or anxiety have an increased risk of dementia in later life, this is the first study that provides comprehensive evidence for the effect […]

Consuming leafy green vegetables can keep your brain young, prevent dementia

The findings suggest this benefit is likely from important nutrients found in these vegetables, such as foliate, lutein and nitrate, which were also associated with slower cognitive decline. This may be because the nutrients protect against inflammation, stress and damaging changes in the brain

Consuming leafy green vegetables can keep your brain young, prevent dementiaEating plenty of leafy green vegetables every day could ward off dementia in later life, new research suggests. A study of elderly people found those who ate around one serving of leafy greens each day had brains that were the equivalent of 11 years younger than those who never or rarely ate the vegetables. A […]

Heavy alcohol consumption tied to higher dementia risk

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This is according to an observational study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France

Heavy alcohol consumption tied to higher dementia riskHeavy drinkers may be more likely than other adults to develop dementia, especially in middle age, a French study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data from 2008-2013 on more than 31 million French hospital patients, including more than 1 million who were diagnosed with dementia. About 5% of the dementia patients had so-called early […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

Is heading a football putting players at risk of brain damage?

According to tentative evidence from UK scientists, players who head balls may be more prone to incur serious health problems. Repetitive blows in boxing can also cause long-lasting brain damage

Is heading a football putting players at risk of brain damage?Repeated headers during a footballer’s professional career may be linked to long-term brain damage, according to tentative evidence from UK scientists. The research follows anecdotal reports that players who head balls may be more prone to developing dementia later in life. The Football Association says it will look at this area more closely. Experts said […]

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%

A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has found that women who are very physically fit in middle age have an almost 90% decreased risk of being diagnosed with dementia later in life, unlike their moderately fit peers, who are more exposed to this condition

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%Dementia, an umbrella term for a range of neurodegenerative diseases characterised by progressive memory loss and other cognitive impairments, affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This condition is most common among older adults, and a recent report suggests that more women live with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of […]

Women with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for dementia, says study

Hypertension in women in their 30s was not associated with dementia. But women who were hypertensive at an average age of 44 had a 68 per cent higher risk for dementia than those who had normal blood pressure at that age, even after adjusting for BMI, smoking and other risk factors

Women with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for dementia, says studyWomen with high blood pressure in their 40s are at increased risk for dementia in later years, researchers report. But the finding does not hold for men. Beginning in 1964, investigators collected health and lifestyle information on 5,646 men and women when they were 30 to 35 years old, and again when they were in […]

Prolonged sitting harms brain health, even if you exercise

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that long stretches of sedentary behaviour- like spending all day in your desk chair - were linked to changes in a part of the adult brain that's critical for memory

Prolonged sitting harms brain health, even if you exerciseResearchers discovered that among 35 adults aged 45 to 75 without dementia, those who spent more time sitting in the day had greater thinning of the medial temporal lobe. This is an area of the brain that is important for making new memories. Even high levels of physical activity did not make a difference, the […]
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