So we aren’t going out on a limb with the title here. I think as individuals with anxiety we can logically conclude that anxiety leads to chronic stress and all sorts of negative outcomes. I’ve done many (hundreds I believe) posts on the outcomes of anxiety. I came across an article here that is referencing studies that are working to CONFIRM the title. It’s one thing to make the logical leap associating chronic stress to Alzheimer’s, it’s another to clinically confirm it.
From the article: “What we know is that chronic stress does affect many biological pathways within our body. There is an intimate interplay between exposure to chronic stress and pathways influencing the body’s reaction to such stress,” said David Groth, PhD, a senior author of the study and an associate professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.”
The article goes on to discuss cortisol levels and the biological impact. Cortisol is a bi product of stress and its management is paramount for anyone with anxiety. We now have research tying cortisol production into Alzheimer’s via chronic stress, which in many cases is a bi product of anxiety. Again I realize none of these concepts are going out on a limb…. We can all logically come to these conclusions.
What happens though is when studies are done and papers are published it helps build a dossier of reference material that can then be used on a broader scale to invoke change at the government policy level. We’ve seen this happen with Marijuana in the U.S. to a large extent. Where studies of the benefits of marijuana where complied to help counter argue the negatives. The result was a society shift in perceptions of marijuana use from the “war on drugs” era.
Will chronic stress go the same route? We can only hope. As more and more research is done into illnesses of age and they correlate back to conditions from one’s youth, the higher likelihood of those conditions being addressed in a meaningful way by society. Simply put, if we know that stress and anxiety increases the chances of Alzheimer’s later in life, wont we do our best to combat it in the present?
Again, one can hope.
Thank you for coming by and supporting my blog I really appreciate it. Want to see another post like this one? Click here.