Stress, Poverty Raise Alzheimer's Rates in This Group

Jack Gilbert co-author of the book

The loss of a child, divorce, getting fired and other stressful life events can cause the brain to age by at least four years, US researchers have found. However, when race was taken into consideration, African Americans were found to experience the most stressful events throughout their life - and it was these experiences that were linked to poorer memory and thinking skills in older age.

The goal was to look at how stressful life events like the ones mentioned above - as well as the impact of combat and growing up with a parent who abused alcohol - affected these two groups of people.

One stressful event - even including falling out with the in-laws - could increase the risk of dementia, according to data suggesting that life's serious misfortunes could have knock-on effects decades later.

This study, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, found that African Americans were more at risk of stress in life than other ethnic groups.

During the period that the research focused on ‒ between 1964 and 1973 ‒ the infant mortality rate of black people was almost twice as high as that of whites.

A fourth study by Kaiser Permanente found that the disparity between African Americans and other ethnicities continued in late life, with a 30 per cent greater risk of dementia.

More news: Ashley Madison proposes $11.2 million payout for users exposed in data breach

"Adversity is a clear contributor to racial disparities in cognitive ageing, and further study is imperative", said researcher on the study Megan Zuelsdorff.

The researchers said that each stressful experience was equivalent to approximately four years of cognitive aging in African Americans, compared with one-and-a-half years for whites.

"This study provides evidence to suggest that living in a neighborhood challenged by poverty, low education, unemployment, and/or substandard housing may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease, and may account for some of the observed differences in Alzheimer's disease risk among people of different racial backgrounds and income levels", said lead researcher Dr Amy Kind. But experts believe that a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet can help mitigate this risk, even for those people going through stressful events.

"However, the findings do indicate that more should be done to support people from disadvantaged communities that are more likely to experience stressful life events".

"It is hard to separate from other conditions such as anxiety and depression, which are also thought to contribute towards dementia risk".

A 2010 study by the University of Gothenburg, which lasted 35 years, reported a link between stress in middle age in women and late-life dementia.

Related News:

  • Gujarat HC Dismisses Essar Steel's Petition Against RBI

    Gujarat HC Dismisses Essar Steel's Petition Against RBI

    In a major win for the Centre and its war on corporate bad loans, the Gujarat HC has rejected Essar Steel's plea against the RBI . The Gujarat High Court on Monday dismissed a plea by Essar Steel India Ltd, which challenged a Reserve Bank of India order.
    Republicans delay health care action as Sen. McCain recovers from surgery

    Republicans delay health care action as Sen. McCain recovers from surgery

    Two Republicans , Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME , have already said they'll vote against the measure. Additionally, insurers have largely panned the GOP health care proposal, especially for a Sen.
    Emily Blunt is in spit spot form as Mary Poppins

    Emily Blunt is in spit spot form as Mary Poppins

    They're teetering on a crisis thanks to the ruthless manager of Fidelity Fiduciary, William Weatherall Wilkin (Colin Firth). Jack helps him pull it down to reveal that none other than Mary Poppins is holding it.
  • China Maintains Steady Growth In Q2

    China Maintains Steady Growth In Q2

    In the first half, the growth rate was also 6.9 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement. On a quarterly basis, GDP added 1.7 percent from 1.3 percent in the first quarter matching estimates.
    Venezuela's Opposition Referendum Overwhelmingly Rejects Maduro's Quest to Change Constitution

    Venezuela's Opposition Referendum Overwhelmingly Rejects Maduro's Quest to Change Constitution

    Maduro and the military dominate most state institutions, but the opposition controls the congress and holds three of 23 governorships.
    High amount of marijuana discovered in new Ford cars made in Mexico

    High amount of marijuana discovered in new Ford cars made in Mexico

    The marijuana, divided into 32-pound, half-moon-shaped packages, was found in 15 cars in four OH counties, according to CNN . Officials are now trying to figure out who put the pot in the vehicles and who apparently did not retrieve it.
  • SUV winds up on roof of house

    SUV winds up on roof of house

    Although Redding was was able to maneuver himself around in the living room after the crash the house may not be habitable again. A speeding SUV driver hit an embankment, went airborne and became stuck on top of a person's house, authorities said.
    Insurers do not like Ted Cruz's health care plan

    Insurers do not like Ted Cruz's health care plan

    Rand Paul (R-KY) indicated on Wednesday he was likely to vote against the revised bill, even with the Cruz-supported language. This means that you may still be subject to an Obamacare tax penalty if you purchase a fixed-indemnity insurance plan.
    Assam floods: Death toll reaches 59, threat of diseases looms

    Assam floods: Death toll reaches 59, threat of diseases looms

    Sarma said, almost 4 thousand villages have been affected in 29 districts in the current wave of floods. Almost 1.2 million people were affected by the floods in 24 of the state's 32 districts.
  • PayPal Integrates its Mobile Payments with Samsung Pay Wallet

    PayPal Integrates its Mobile Payments with Samsung Pay Wallet

    PayPal is focused on delivering seamless mobile commerce experiences and extending this reach through strategic partnerships. Effectively, Pay users can now use their PayPal balance to make purchases anywhere - in-app, online and in eligible stores.
    Police Release New Sketch of Suspect in Indiana Teens' Slayings

    Police Release New Sketch of Suspect in Indiana Teens' Slayings

    German and Williams, of Delphi, vanished February 13 along a trail near their hometown about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. An earlier photo of a suspect was released by Indiana State Police of a suspect seen on the trail where the girl's were found.
    Russian Federation  urges unconditional return of U.S.  compounds

    Russian Federation urges unconditional return of U.S. compounds

    The issue of the closure of the two Russian compounds is on the agenda again in Washington on Monday, with a meeting between U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.


Most liked

Price proves he's still got it after Quintana dazzles in Cubs debut
The pitching is fifth in the National League in ERA (4.10) but needs improvement from their starters, who have been inconsistent. Davis just gets better as the inning progresses - the first batter of the inning usually has the best chance of getting a hit.

Australian Minister Offers Smart Retort To Trump's Rating Of French First Lady
That's the same number of people who cite the White House-Russia scandal as their top issue going into the congressional elections.

At least seven dead after flooding in Arizona
The terrain in the area is supportive for enhanced runoff of rain water and limited notice of flash flooding coming from upstream. Officials described a six foot high wall of water, rushing at 30 miles per hour, following that rapid accumulation of rainwater.

Chelsea Keen On Sergio Aguero
Were it to happen, Sergio Aguero to Chelsea would be one of the biggest transfers ever seen in English football. While Chelsea are considering a move for Aguero, Solhekol claims City are not looking to sell the 29-year-old.

Nigerians Top Of The List With Overstayed Visas In Us | See Details
Many seasonal businesses and members of Congress have pleaded with Kelly to issue the visas, citing an urgent need for workers. Last year, the federal government allowed 13,382 additional visas beyond the statutory cap to meet seasonal demand.

EasyJet CEO Dame Carolyn McCall appointed as new ITV chief executive
Broadcasting group ITV today said it has appointed EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall as its next boss. She has helmed easyJet for seven years and was previously group CEO of the Guardian Media Group .

New Horizons Flyover of Pluto
The mapping and rendering were done by Paul Schenk and John Blackwell of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. The clips shared by NASA provide a glimpse of the complex terrain of Pluto.

UFC Glasgow: Santiago Ponzinibbio registers huge upset victory over Gunnar Nelson
Calvillo (6-0) remained undefeated in her pro mixed martial arts career with her latest win while Ms. Debutant Galore Bofando took a victory with a freaky stoppage of Charlie Ward.

Here are some of the new emoji coming to iOS 11
In addition to letting users know about the upcoming Emoji, Apple said it was doing more to celebrate the holiday. There's a woman with headscarf, a bearded person, and even one for breastfeeding, for instance.

India, Pakistan Army exchange heavy fire along LoC in Rajouri
India's ministry of defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said he had no knowledge of the incident. On Monday, a minor girl was killed by the Pakistani forces in Balakot Sector, Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir .

IBM Z mainframe heralds a new era of highly-encrypted data security
Beyond pure encryption, customers also told IBM they wanted this capability delivered in a cost-effective way. This significantly reduces the time and effort required to meet compliance obligations and complete audits.

Australian woman who called 911 shot dead by Minneapolis police
More than 200 people, including social activists, gathered for a vigil Sunday near the spot where Damond died hours earlier. The City will continue to provide updated information on this incident, and the BCA's investigation, as soon as we have it.

British royals awaited in Poland at start of a EU visit
On Monday, Prince William arrived in Warsaw, Poland alongside his wife, Kate Middleton , and their handsome children. The first was a year ago when the family of four spent eight days travelling around Canada's Pacific coast .

Watch the latest incredible trailer for "Blade Runner 2049"
If this gets out, we've bought ourselves a war", she says, then adds at another point in the trailer, "This breaks the world". What is Blade Runner 2049? The new trailer for the only sequel that matters this year has arrived. "That's not possible.

'Winnie The Pooh' has been blacklisted by the Chinese government
Searches for the "Little Bear Winnie" - as Pooh is called in China - returned the error message "content is illegal". Winnie The Pooh has reportedly been blacklisted on social media by the Chinese Government.