Dr Shannon Klekociuk
Stress is something we all experience throughout our lives.
What we do know about stress, is that it can put us at risk of other health complications, like issues with our digestion, increases in our blood pressure, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Stress has also been proposed as a potential risk factor for dementia.
Some studies have shown that people who report stress consistently throughout their mid-life, may be at greater risk of developing dementia later in their life.
However, the mechanism through which stress affects dementia risk hasn’t been adequately tested. Some researchers think that stress may have an indirect relationship to dementia risk. For example, it is well established that stress can increase your blood pressure. It is also established that increased blood pressure may put you at risk of cardiovascular disease. Both high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are risk factors themselves for developing dementia.
然而，压力影响认知症风险的机制尚未得到充分测试。 一些研究人员认为压力可能与认知症风险有间接关系。 例如，已经很好地确定，压力可以增加你的血压。 还明确血压的增加可能会使您处于心血管疾病的风险中。 高血压和心血管疾病都是发展成认知症的危险因素。
So you can see that reducing your stress may help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, it may help reduce your blood pressure, which in turn may help reduce your risk of dementia. As another example, some studies have shown that people with stress-prone personalities, or those high in neuroticism, may be at a greater risk of developing dementia.
This may be because they spend significantly less time socialising with family and friends.
Having significantly less social interaction may contribute negatively to an individual’s overall risk of developing dementia.
Stress cannot be completely avoided, but managing our stress can be very beneficial to our overall physical and mental health.
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest a direct link between stress and dementia.