Depression: How Big of a Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s Is It?
It seems that there’s always something new popping up in a headline stating that this condition or that disease increases our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While the constant barrage of negative information can be frustrating, it’s simply a byproduct of the intense research being done to discover the cause or causes of Alzheimer’s. That’s all good. For people with depression, however, seeing their illness on lists for traits that make them more likely to develop AD is worrisome. How seriously should people with depression take this information about which they can do little?
Don’t over-react to any one announcement of risk factors: The National Institutes of Health has this to say about a study that focused on just how much depression increases a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s:
Continue reading on HealthCentral for insight into how much a history of depression might increase someone’s risk of dementia:
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