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Quick Alzheimer's Prevention Pearl: Studies Show Depression may Increase the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

AD Pearl of Wisdom #2

Studies have shown a connection between depression (in later life) and the acceleration of cognitive decline.  In fact, adults with chronic depression have been identified as having twice the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) than those who are not depressed.  But depression is an early symptom of AD, so more studies are needed to distinguish between a separate diagnosis of depression from that of early symptoms of AD.

Exercise is thought to improve mental health by helping the brain cope with stress.  In fact, preliminary research points to the fact that physically active adults have lower rates of anxiety and depression than those who are sedentary.

A regular exercise program may not only help stave off symptoms of AD, it may also help to lower the increased risk of AD from depression. 

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