Anxiety May Increase Cognitive Decline

Anxiety May Increase Cognitive Decline

Anxiety can play a major role in cognitive decline in people. There have been studies conducted that show that people with increased anxiety and people that have mild cognitive impairments are much more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. This study, as well as many others show that we need to reduce our stress levels in life. Our lifestyle choices and stress management are very important thing to take care of. Having both of those will keep you healthy and avoid anything negative developing from stress. People might think that anxiety does not affect their health, but they would be wrong in assuming that. One thing that was discovered in the study was that having reduced anxiety was not linked with a reduced risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. The study did not show any indication that reducing your overall anxiety in a person made them less susceptible to developing the Alzheimer’s condition. There needs to be more studies done in the future to show if reducing anxiety indeed does prevent Alzheimer’s disease from happening. However, elevated anxiety levels have been shown to be very detrimental to our mental and emotional health. That means that stress management is still a very important thing.

Key Points:

  • 1The importance and impact of lifestyle management and stress reduction for elders with Alzheimer’s is highlighted by Canada-based research.
  • 2Findings in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry were based on data using 376 adult subjects with mildly impaired cognition.
  • 3Dr. Linda Mah hopes that patients will be inspired to reduce stress, exercise, and eat better, because of the studies’ findings.


Researchers from Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute in Canada have published a study that shows people who have mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and high levels of stress are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
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