Stress disorder increases chances of dementia for senior veterans
According to US researchers, senior veterans who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder have greatly higher chances of getting dementia than other veterans. The Vancouver Sun has the details:
The findings, presented at an Alzheimer’s Association meeting in Vienna, are the first to link PTSD — a debilitating anxiety disorder that can be caused by wartime trauma — with dementia.
“The million-dollar question is why,” Dr. Ronald Petersen of the Alzheimer’s Association and an Alzheimer’s researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a telephone interview.
Some studies have found PTSD was linked with diminished brain volume in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory and stress response.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, which is marked by a loss of memory and other cognitive, or thinking, abilities, including the ability to speak, identify objects or think abstractly.
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