Middle-aged Neurotic Women Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s – Smilecast 77

Neurotic Women and Alzheimer’s

The Washington Post reports that middle-aged neurotic women who worry a lot may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, citing a study  in the American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology.

The paper notes that researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden “followed a group of women in their 40s, whose disposition made them prone to anxiety, moodiness and psychological distress, to see how many developed dementia over the next 38 years.”

They found that women “who were the most easily upset by stress — as determined by a commonly used personality test — were two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than women who were least prone to neuroticism.”