Your Moodiness May Be Putting You at Risk for Alzheimer's

November 5, 2014 10:19 PM

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Your Moodiness May Be Putting You at Risk for Alzheimer's

A new study has found that staying calm and avoiding intense mood swings can help women avoid the onset of Alzheimer's. For those who are worriers, who feel lonely, or distressed and for those who experience drastic mood swings, they may be putting themselves at risk for Alzheimer's. A new study found that women between the ages of 38 and 54 who already experience this type of moodiness may be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. A study from the Journal of Neurology has identified a link between midlife neuroticism in women and a risk of developing dementia later on in life. These statistics were delivered based on 800 women for 38 years, and examined their personalities, stability and eventual development of Alzheimer's disease. Of the 153 women in the study that developed signs of dementia, more than two-thirds ultimately were diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

This type of "neuroticism" is defined as emotional reactivity, anxiety and psychosomatic concerns, as well as strength of ego and proneness to guilt. Those who tested high for these neurotic tendencies and low on extraversion, ultimately had the highest risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. While ...

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