Risk of Alzheimer’s

High Risk of Alzheimer’s for People with Extreme Stress

Everyone grows older. There’s no way around it. One of the things that people fear about getting older is Alzheimer’s disease. This life-threatening condition can lead to death after it wreaks havoc for the sufferer and loved ones.

While there’s no sure way to prevent Alzheimer’s, researchers continue to try to find out how to decrease the risk for it. By figuring out contributing factors to its development, it’s hoped that someday, fewer people will have to deal with such a devastating age-related disease.

A new study recently came out that identifies stress as an influencer. Participants in the study who led extremely stressful lives were more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s later in life. While researchers are not completely sure, it may be the elevated cortisol levels that are having the effect on the brain, which can then lead to Alzheimer’s development.

The great thing about learning what can increase the risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s is some of the factors can be helped such as in the instance of stress. Stress is highly manageable, as long as people take the time to do it.

This is good news for a lot of people who lead stressful lives. It means that with a few changes to their lifestyle, they may able to decrease their stress levels to help them decrease their risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s.

What are some ways you can decrease your stress?

Breathing Exercises

When you’re stressed, your breathing can quicken. This can cause your body to tense up, which will increase cortisol in your body. When you consciously slow your breathing, you are helping your body calm down, so you cortisol levels can decrease.

Vent the Stress

You have to get whatever is bothering you out of your mind, body, and soul. You can do this by talking about it or journaling it. By getting it somewhere other than your head, you’ll start to feel better, which will then lower your stress levels.


When you exercise, you are giving your body something else to do than ruminate about whatever you are stressed about. It also puts your body into motion, which will release all of that pent up tension inside of you.

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy foods is important because when your body isn’t getting what it needs, you end up already stressed. When a stressful situation occurs, you end up more stressed than you could have been if you ate healthfully.

Seek Professional Help

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can’t lower your stress levels. Many mental health professionals believe medication and talk therapy can help. Speak to your physician about medications that can help your anxiety, and then consider speaking to a professional about the stress.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a personal consultant. He is not a replacement for therapy, but he can help you decrease your stress levels. If you feel as though you just need some support and guidance with problems in your life, call on him to help. You can speak with him over the phone, so there is no driving involved. It’s strictly private in the comfort of your home or office.

For more information on how you can get help in lower your stress levels and your risk for Alzheimer’s, click here.

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