Stress the Main Cause of Brain Shrinkage in Old Age

by Medindia Content Team on  March 1, 2006 at 3:00 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
Stress the Main Cause of Brain Shrinkage in Old Age
Researchers at Edinburgh University have found that stress is a major cause of depression and Alzheimer's disease in old age .They have identified an area of the brain which shrinks in old age resulting in depression and Alzheimer's disease.

This discovery has paved a way to develop new treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

The shrinkage of a region of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex result in the release of high levels of stress hormones.

Dr Alasdair MacLullich said that this study would help in the better understanding of ageing, depression and Alzheimer's diseases by the doctors.

Hence in conclusion the scientists say that the treatment should aim to reduce the high levels of stress hormones in one's body.


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Hi, my grandmother is diagnosed with this disease, the doctors say that her brain is shrinking and because of this her blood pressure increases and also there's a "knob" in her brain that crosses over her vision vein, and is also causing her to lose her vision. Can this disease make her completely blind? if you can please help out it would be kind? ^_^
shinemoonlight Thursday, January 14, 2010
Is there any cure for shrinkage of the brain. I have been suffering the same for last 3 years but I have not found any cure.

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