Is Stress Today Setting You up for Alzheimer’s Disease?

We know that stress is bad for the body in many ways. Chronic stress in particular can damage the heart and the brain.

Now some researchers think that the damage from chronic stress can lead to long-term health effects, including Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s possible that using stress relief techniques like NuCalm might help head off this risk.

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The Impact of Stress on the Brain

Stress can have many negative effects on your brain. These effects are centered in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that coordinates memory. Many studies have shown various types of these impacts.

Have you noticed that stress makes you irritable? That is part of the impact of cortisol (stress hormone) on your hippocampus. Chronic stress can trigger increased release of glutamate, which impacts not only sociability, but memory in the hippocampus.

The memory effects come when the hippocampus changes the way it records memory and creates new connections in the brain. This is kind of like the brain trying to censor stressful events, and might be useful in acute stress, but in chronic stress it can lead to long-term damage to the brain.

In particular, the changes in hippocampus function manifest themselves in effects on the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The PFC is considered the brain’s boss it is in charge of abstract thinking and cognitive analysis. It also helps people determine what’s the right way to act in particular situations, so damage to the PFC could partly account for improper social behavior.

And when the brain is subject to chronic stress, it may try to protect itself by producing more myelin–a vital protective coating, but one that can interfere with connections.

Brain Effects Can Lead to Alzheimer’s

All of these effects may contribute to what is known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an early form of dementia. When people are under stress, they are at increased risk of moving from MCI to Alzheimer’s disease.

Looking at the cumulate effect of the changes to brain structure and function, it seems clear that chronic stress can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

NuCalm Is Pure Stress Relief

To try to protect the brain, researchers have proposed that stress relief techniques–both drug related therapies and non-drug approaches, like cognitive-behavioral therapy–can prevent and even reverse stress-related damage.

NuCalm could be a powerful tool in helping to prevent Alzheimer’s. Not only does NuCalm control your stress, it can actually stop your stress before it starts. NuCalm essentially has the power to turn off your stress response, so whether you’re currently stressed or facing a stressful situation, NuCalm can help you achieve a relaxed state.

If you are looking to try this new stress relief tool, please contact a local NuCalm provider.