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Depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s

August 3, 2009 by  

Depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer'sNew research has provided more reasons for those who combat depression to seek help, such as alternative medical treatments, because it has shown that depressed individuals are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no cure. It typically affects those who are over the age of 65, but early onset cases have also been recorded.

The new study, conducted by UCLA scientists, recruited a group of 756 people between the ages of 55 and 91 who had mild cognitive impairment and followed their progress over the span of three years.

During that time, a total of 208 were diagnosed with depression, and the researchers noted that for every one-point increase on the test that measures the severity and intensity of depressive symptoms, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s went up by 3 percent.

Po H. Lu, an assistant professor of neurology and a member of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, says "Our longer-term findings add to the body of evidence that suggests depression is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease."

Those who would like to avoid expensive medications that may produce undesirable side effects have a range of alternative medicine options to select from, including herbal remedies such as St. John’s wort extract to combat the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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  • http://DepressionAlzheimers Fred Leport

    Gee, it took a bunch of experts to understand that depression can be a precursor of Alzheimer’s. The real problem is that healthcare professionals don’t recognize the symptoms to connect the dots. My wife was diagnosed with depression but never responded to any of the medicines commonly used to combat depression – that should have been a clue to look for some other cause, like beginning Alzheimer’s which she was diagnosed with several years later and ultimately lead to her death. Let me add that loss of hearing and the dry eye syndrome that Restasis pushes can also be symptoms of Alzheimer’s and those specialists aren’t connecting the dots either. My, how smart we get after losing a loved one from this terrible disease of Alzheimer’s, but who will listen?

    • Brian Rawls

      Depression will hit all of you when all your liberty is gone. And all you people let it be taken from you. The march toward a dictatorship is steady, not even a fight.

  • Merl Elton

    You are so right that depression is having no little or no rights or control over things.
    There is so much in life that we cannot control. We should at least be able to have say in how our government is run; especially since we foot a significant amount of the bill in taxes.

  • Merl Elton

    My mother was depressed due because of a dysfunctional marriage and family. She developed Alz. Could it have been to escape the bad family situation that she saw no other way out of? So many people are helpless like this; and that is sad.

    I wonder how Alz patients will be treated under health care reform.

  • John C. Davidson

    There is deffinately a correlation between ones emotional state and yor health. It is how to deal with it is the question. Two remedies exist: drug yourself so it doesn’t bother you or remove the stressful situation.


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