Anxiety may increase your risk of
developing dementia, indicates a new study. People who are anxious are one and
a half times more likely to develop the neurological disorders, reveals the
study published in Alzheimer's
the University of California find that individuals who suffer from high anxiety
at some point in their lives are 48% more likely to suffer from cognitive
‘A new study indicates that people who are anxious are one and a half times more likely to develop dementia.’
study involved as many as 1,082 Swedish identical and non-identical twins. The
participants completed neurological tests every three years and answered
claim that this is the first study to establish a connection between anxiety
, although other studies have linked
dementia with psychological issues such as depression and neuroticism, a
fundamental personality trait characterized by anxiety, fear, and loneliness
Anxiety is an
emotion developed from an unpleasant state of inner confusion. It is the
subjectively unpleasant feelings of apprehension over anticipated events.
Anxious people may live in the fear of death, but anxiety and fear are
is a response to a true or perceived immediate
threat, and anxiety is the expectation of a future threat.
Andrew Petkus, University of California, said, "Anxiety, especially in older
adults, has been relatively understudied compared to depression. Depression
seems more evident in adulthood, but
it's usually episodic. Anxiety, though, tends to be a life-long chronic problem,
and that's why people tend to write off anxiety as part of someone's
noted that the twin who developed dementia had a history of higher levels of
anxiety compared to their better-off peers.
with anxiety who later developed dementia are people that experience more than
usual symptoms of anxiety," said study co-author Margaret Gatz, a
professor of psychology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and
According to the
researchers, anxious people have higher levels of stress hormones, including
cortisol. Chronically high levels of cortisol hurt parts of the brain such as
the frontal cortex, which is responsible for high-level thinking and the
hippocampus, which stores memory.
The study also
showed that the anxiety-dementia link was stronger among fraternal twins. This
result indicates that there may be genetic factors commonly shared by anxiety
and dementia that lead to these conditions.
team also hopes to determine whether people who have undergone treatment for
anxiety earlier in their lives show a lower risk of dementia compared to others
whose anxiety was not treated.
Top 10 Tips to
showed that anxiety can take a toll on your mental health. Here are some
effective tips to deal with anxiety
1. Take a
Break to Get Some Giggle On
that laughter can reduce symptoms of anxiety. So consider checking out funny
videos or television programs to calm those jittery nerves.
2. Find Some
Time for Meditation
All of us are
well aware that meditation is relaxing. A new study indicates that meditation
can make you happy. According to scientists, the precuneus (an area of the brain) may be responsible for
. The area can be developed with practices like meditation.
revealed that people who feel gratitude are happier and, report more life
satisfaction. Grateful people are less likely to be depressed and anxious.
4. Learn to
breaths signify anxiety or stress in the brain and body. So, take a deep breath
when you are nervous. Strong breathing sends signals to the brain that it's
okay to relax.
5. Play Like
Children have an
innate ability to play, without stressing about their overflowing inboxes. So
take charge of your playtime. So, often play your favorite game or babysit for
6. Hang Out
With Your Friends
People who have
lots of friends and associates tend to react less negatively to stress and
anxiety than those who lead a life away from friends and family. So make more
friends and be with them.
7. Plan Ahead
People who plan
things early can easily overcome anxiety. So, fight anxious and nervous
thoughts in advance by preparing for the day ahead. Try to make a schedule or a
to-do list and develop a habit of implementing the plans within the set time
8. Think and
When you are
overly anxious with fearful thoughts, take a moment to visualize yourself
handling the situation with calm, ease, and clarity. Also, during difficult
times, divert your focus to a smooth situation in which you are winning and
9. Limit Your Time of Worrying
Fix a schedule
for worrying! Yes, we can let ourselves freak out, but
only for a certain amount of time. When you believe something terrible is going
to happen, commit to only creating that worry for 20 minutes. This trick will
help you to move on after a mental burn.
Last but not
least, you must get adequate sleep. Inconsistent sleep can have some serious consequences on
. Also, lack of sleep can contribute to overall
anxiety and stress. An adult needs atleast eight hours of sleep per night.
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William S. Kremen, Nancy L. Pedersen, Margaret Gatz DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2015.09.008