Is there a link between stress and dementia risk?
Many people wonder whether stress is linked to risk of dementia, and the news often reports a link between the two. This Stress Awareness Month, our Research team decided to examine the evidence behind stress and risk of dementia.
Stress occurs when the body has to respond to a situation that could be dangerous. Symptoms include a pounding heart, sweating and tense muscles. These symptoms are supposed to fade away once the danger passes, but some people may find that these stressed feelings continue. This prolonged – or chronic – stress can be very serious and have severe effects on a person emotionally, mentally and physically.
Why has stress been linked to dementia? Alzheimer’s Society