Work that triggers stress increase risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
A study found that the increased stress hormones in the brain when a person is pressured inhibits brain activity. If stress hormone levels increases, the condition can also lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
To that end, Sara Bengtsson, a PhD student from the University of Umea, in Sweden, tested a theory in mice. She found that mice with high levels of stress hormones in the brain, are prone to suffer from impaired learning and memory.
The mice also had elevated levels of beta-amyloid in the brain – proteins that form plaque deposits in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers. The results also showed high levels of dysfunction associated with amyloids brain synapses – the connection between nerve cells.
As reported by the Daily Mail (19/3), it is believed that the reason for the loss of synapses causes brain memory loss and communication problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Research to understand the cause of the disease could identify targets for the development of future treatment, and we should invest in research to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Previous research states that sleep that is often disturbed in the night can be one of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
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