Mild anxiety can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s by 33%

Research carried out at University of Toronto in Canada says that people with mild cognitive impairment that exhibit anxiety symptoms are at the risk of a speedier decline in cognitive functions - independent of depression. The study shows that Alzheimer s risk increased by 33 % in mild , 78 % in moderate and 135% in severe anxiety. The study was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. (Read: Symptoms and diagnosis of Alzheimer's)

Who was the study carried out on?

The research was carried out over a period of three years. 376 adults, aged 55-91 were analysed for anxiety, depression, cognitive and brain structural changes. Changes in patients were monitored every 6 months. All of the adults had a clinical diagnosis of MCI and a low score on the depression rating scale, indicating that anxiety symptoms were not part of clinical depression

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What should one watch out for?

People with anxiety issues and those suffering from MCI should get themselves monitored regularly for any deteriorating signs. Anxiety in patients with MCI is a signal that these patients are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer s. The study concludes that anxiety can predict if MCI may develop into Alzheimer s.

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With inputs from IANS

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