Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease, which is found to have rooted its seeds as earlier than 10 or 20 years before the diagnosis of another mental state dementia happens. Since, Alzheimer’s does a lot of neurological damage to health; it has been a growing concern for the physician to treat the condition. However, another finding has just revealed a close connection to this debilitating disease, which may crop from a continuous anxiety.
A new study confirms that early signs of anxiety could be a precursor of Alzheimer’s. Hence, it urges for the early development of medical interventions to cure the condition so as to restrict the further damages to the neurological health of a patient.
If you look deep down, you get to know that anxiety is a common form of mental conditions, affecting as nearly as 40 million adults annually all across the US. While this mental disorder is worsening for older people, they are increasing more risks for them to develop the symptoms of Alzheimer’s too.
Why Severity Of Alzheimer’s Is So Harsher?
With Alzheimer’s affecting the patients, there is a sharp decline in cognition and thought process, resulting in depression. And the sufferer loses its capability and strength to make communications with the people around them.
The disease is far more debilitating and doing a lot of neurological damage by the time it is diagnosed. In case of Alzheimer’s, it is tough to find any differences in the behavior of the sufferers during the preclinical phase, spanning over a decade. As soon as this time period is over, the mild decrease in cognition can be observed.
The study author, Dr. Nancy Donovan, who is a psychiatrist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, told that their result suggests that an ongoing and rising signs of anxiety could lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
The Finding Of The Study
We can have a view of the study from The American Journal of Psychiatry. Since Alzheimer’s is a type of a mental condition like that of Dementia, it brings a strange change in the patients’ behavior. We don’t have enough evidence which can throw the lights on the exact etiology of the disease.
But, researchers of the study gave importance to other factors like sadness, loss of interest- rather than just depression as a core. They believe that a protein called beta-amyloid has a close connection in deteriorating the condition of mental health in Alzheimer’s, by blocking the nerve cells of communication in the brains of them. Therefore, they compared all the factors, and found that anxiety symptoms increase in the patients having higher amount of beta-amyloid in the brains.
The blockage of beta-amyloid is a marker of the disease, and the accumulation of this protein increases up to ten years before this mental condition is about to attack someone.
The study further clarifies that the symptoms of anxiety can increase the amount of beta-amyloid in the brains of older adults, pushing them to the vulnerability of the disease.
When researchers conducted the study on the older adults with mental decline, they showed a higher growth of beta-amyloid production in the brains. And thus, they concluded that anxiety is indeed an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.