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Worry and Obsession Linked to Alzheimer's Risk

Neuroticism and Alzheimer's

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  • Women who scored highest on a test for neuroticism were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than women with the lowest scores
  • Women who were both the most neurotic and the least extroverted had the highest risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • The distress associated with neuroticism is likely what’s driving its tie to Alzheimer’s, as chronic stress has long been linked to dementia and cognitive decline
  • Elevated levels of cortisol, one of your body’s stress hormones, affect your memory by causing a gradual loss of synapses in your prefrontal cortex -- the brain region associated with short-term memory
  • Your diet is also very important; being very strict in limiting your consumption of sugar and non-vegetable carbs, while increasing healthy fat, is one of THE most important steps you can take to prevent Alzheimer's disease

By Dr. Mercola

Are you often anxious, fearful, and moody? Do you worry often or have feelings of envy, jealousy, and loneliness? These are characteristics of neuroticism, a personality trait might increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease significantly.


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