A landmark study evidence suggests long-term stress cause dementia. The study done by the University of Gotenburg, explored dementia caused by long-term stress. Do you want to safeguarding yourself and others from this terrible condition? Long-term stress cause dementia. So use these five steps to prevent long-term stress and dementia!
This Study Linked Alzheimer’s to Stress Levels
The study suggests the trigger for Alzheimer’s disease can be transmitted to humans through contaminated surgical tools.
This 38-year study adds to other existing studies which have also linked stress to dementia.
The author of the study, Lena Johansson of the University of Gothenburg said “personality may influence the individual’s risk for dementia through its effects on behaviour, lifestyle or reactions to stress”.Again, lifestyle is an important factor as stated in previous posts here.
800 women aged 46 on average were studied for a period of 38 years and tracked with personality and memory tests.
Their stress levels, ability to combat stress, shyness as well as whether they were outgoing or not, were tested.
Importantly, the study found that the women who scored highest for neuroticism were twice as likely to develop dementia as those who scored lowest. 19 % of these women developed dementia later.
Is this a good idea to reduce stress causing dementia?
Does this give you even more reasons to try to reduce your stress level?
If confirmed, then we have even more reasons to do all we can to minimise every risk factor, including stress, which has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Health Conditions Linked to Stress Levels
Through the mechanisms above, stress can lead to the conditions below:
3. Skin conditions, including eczema
5. Digestive system disorders including stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome
6. Heart diseases
7. Colds and flu
How stressed are you really?
We all have one issue or the other, at any point in time, that can potentially lead to stress if we allow it.
I can’t be certain about what goes on in other people’s lives, but
coming from a large family, for me there’s always one “drama” or the other! Dramas that can cause stress if not controlled.
How does neuroticism affect you?
Neuroticism is the ability to be easily distressed and is associated with anger, envy,anxiety, guilt and depression.
How are you managing your stress level to ensure that you are not being affected by it adversely, in your body and mind?
Take These Steps to Eliminate & Reduce Stress Levels
• Identify Your Stressors, Long-term stress Cause Dementia
Some questions to ask yourself:
What are the things and situations that cause you big stress?
Who are those people who drive you up the wall, every time, without fail?
What are those things and situations, without which your stress level would be greatly reduced and much more manageable?
You can eliminate the stressors when you know what they are.
• Contemplate Your Choices, Long-term Stress Cause Dementia
What choices have you got regarding these stressors and what can you do? We sometimes say we have no choice.
But we always have choices – whether we choose to exercise these choices or not is entirely up to us! Whether you take steps to prevent long-term stress leading to dementia or not is your choice!
• Why You Need to Prioritise to Prevent Long-term Stress Causing Dementia
What is more important to you and what can you do without?
Are the gains you get from these stressful situations and people (perceived and real gains) worth your health and well-being?
Is the stress REALLY worth it?
Do you feel that your life is being enriched emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically?
Maybe the financial gains are the only things you are actually getting from these stressful situations and persons. In this case it might be better to prioritise, prevent long-term stress.
• Bite the Bullet & Make Your Choice!
Making choices do not come easy and life is full of choices. But sometimes, we have no choice – we must decide!
It may not be easy, however, in the long-term you will be happier, healthier and have more peace in your life.
• Use Exercise to Reduce Long-term Stress Causing Dementia
Doing the right exercises at a pace that suits you can help you to de-stress.
You are not exercising just to slim down or to win a competition, but you incorporate it as a part of your healthy lifestyle. Keep at it till it’s a habit!
Exercise Programs I like
I like the “Never Grow Old Fitness Program” by Cody Sipe, PhD, an award-winning fitness professional, functional aging exercise expert and Dan M. Ritchie, PhD (acclaimed personal trainer). Read more about this
This is a fitness program designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced users, aimed at people who want to go at their own pace to retain flexibility, optimise energy level and reduce stress levels.
Also, I found the program below by Carla Tara quite helpful. It focuses on using improved breathing techniques to reduce stress causing dementia.
The Bottom Line
•Long-term stress can long-term stress can cause dementia and increase your likelihood of developing Alzheimer`s disease.
•Dementia has multiple risk factors, some we can do nothing about but some are preventable.
•You can do something to lower your risk of developing dementia. One way is to adopt a healthier lifestyle so as to reduce your stress levels.
•Eliminate stressors from your family and work life! Or reduce these stressors to a manageable level and prevent long-term stress that cause dementia!
Remember to Reduce stress daily! It may be easier said than done, but the more we consciously reduce our stress levels on a daily basis, the less stressed we get and the less the risk of long-term stress causing dementia!
By and large, most of us know that being under long-term stress is bad for our well-being. But it’s the management that we struggle with.
Remember to Identify Stressors. However, identifying the things and situations that cause us avoidable stress takes us to the next wellness step, which is learning to take simple daily steps to reduce, or eliminate these stressors.
Have a great week and remember to use the 5 steps to prevent long-term stress and dementia!
To your optimum health & well-being,
Cecilia Scheyerle, MPharm