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New research has revealed that chronic stress creates a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. "Our study provides strong evidence that perceived stress increases the likelihood that an older person will develop [amnestic mild cognitive impairment],” said lead researcher Dr. Richard Lipton, in a statement. "Fortunately, perceived stress is a modifiable risk factor for cognitive impairment, making it a potential target for treatment."

According to psychcentral, each year about 470,000 Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia, however; because stress is treatable, the study suggest that early detection and treating stress in older people might help delay or prevent the disease. In fact, elderly individuals who had been affected by significant emotional pressures faced double the risk of developing the illness.

Fortunately study first author, Mindy Katz has shared some important tips to successfully managing your stress. "Perceived stress can be altered by mindfulness-based stress reduction, cognitive-behavioral therapies, and stress-reducing drugs.These interventions may postpone or even prevent an individuals cognitive decline."

Are you feeling stressed or have anxiety? Here are some tips on how to relieve stress and increase happy hormones instantly.

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