Stressful experiences can age the brain by four years
Recent studies from the US shows that stress can age the brain by 4 years. The study was fairly straightforward: they examined the mental capacity, cerebral performance in memory, logical reasoning test of over 1000 males and females in their fifties to determine their brain's well-being. Although the study showed no strong correlation between stress and risks of Alzheimer's in the later stages of life, it has shown that stressful experience will affect brain functions and that in and of itself may be the cause of Alzheimer's in the long run.
The stressful experiences vary – they could be related to the educational difficulties, peer pressure, sexual frustration, psychological difficulties, bodily issues and financial insecurity. The study also has some evidence that highlights the fact that stress in adolescence can increase a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's. One more big factor: where a person lives, i.e. living in a poor, dangerous neighborhood could very well affect the dementia risk.
The study also points out that there several ways you can reduce the risk, namely – quitting smoking, keeping your workout schedule tight, 40 mins (5 times/week), eating healthy, keeping minimizing your alcohol consumption, solving puzzles, crosswords or discovering new information, and having a rewarding social life. These are the guidelines for all the people who want to reduce the risk of dementia, even though their lives are filled with stress that is the main cause of dementia.