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Study: Mid-life stress linked to increased risk for Alzheimer’s

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According to a new study, stress in the middle part of your life could have a major impact on your health the older you get.

Experiencing stressful events during middle age may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Researchers tracked 800 women for almost 40 years to see how common stressors like divorce, unemployment, widowhood or illness impacted their well-being.

As expected, those with more stressful life events had symptoms like irritability, fear and sleep disturbances.

Multiple stressors were linked to a 21 percent greater risk of Alzheimer’s and a 15 percent greater risk of any type of dementia.