Print Edition - 2018-12-27  |  Health and Living

Strained middle—aged to lose memory


Dec 27, 2018-

A study published in the journal Neurology showed stressed-out middle-aged people were more likely to show symptoms of memory loss. The study revealed that middle-aged people with high levels of a hormone called cortisol in their blood have impaired memory when compared to those with average levels of the hormone.

Cortisol, produced by the adrenal glands, helps the body respond to stress and it can also help reduce inflammation, control blood sugar and blood pressure. High cortisol levels can be caused by stress, medical conditions or medications.

“Cortisol affects many different functions so it is important to fully investigate how high levels of the hormone may affect the brain,” said the study’s author Justin B Echouffo-Tcheugui with Harvard Medical School.

The researchers identified 2,231 people with an average age of 49 who were free of dementia.

“Our research detected memory loss and brain shrinkage in middle-aged people before symptoms started to show, so it’s important for people to find ways to reduce stress, such as getting enough sleep, engaging in moderate exercise, incorporating relaxation techniques into their daily lives, or asking their doctor about their cortisol levels and taking a cortisol—reducing medication if needed,” said Echouffo-Tcheugui. 

Published: 27-12-2018 08:41

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