Karolinska Institute

Alzheimer’s Risk Traced

Swedish research presented in the journal ”Neurology” suggests that anxiety symptoms nearly double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly individuals with mild cognitive impairment.

The team from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm investigated whether mood and motivation-related depressive symptoms and anxiety in individuals with mild cognitive impairment were related to the future development of Alzheimer’s. They found that the risk increased significantly in those reporting problems with decision making and in those with persistent worrying.

Dr. Katie Palmer of the Institute, told Reuters Health that elderly patients presenting both anxiety and memory problems should be closely followed and monitored, ”as there is a very high risk that they will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.”

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