Few things are worse than experiencing stress due to common life experiences-- but here’s another reason to try to steer clear of it.
It turns out, for some women stress is connected to dementia. According to LiveScience, 800 Swedish women were evaluated for 38 years (from 1968 to 2005) for a study. The women received tests at different points in their life starting in their late 30s, mid-40s or 50s.
They were asked if they ever experienced stress due to a variety of situations like divorce, losing a job, someone close to them passing away or suffering a mental illness. About 1 in 4 of the women said they had 1 of the stress types, while 23 percent experienced two, 30 percent had three and 16 percent experienced four of the types.
Researchers found 153 of the participants (or a little more than 19 percent) developed dementia during this time. Of those women, 104 of them suffered Alzheimer’s. Experts say this could be connected to stress hormones. They impact the brain and could effect one’s life for several years. However, the study did not include other factors such as physical abuse or chronic illness-- both which could have impacted the results.