Genetic predisposition is not a factor
New research suggests that lack of sleep and untreated depression can increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, even for those who do not have a genetic predisposition for the disease. Depression and insomnia have long been considered as symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This study examined whether untreated depression and lack of sleep can lead to the onset of Alzheimer's later in life.
"Our research is unique in that the population was cognitively normal at baseline and followed for two to ten years. We found not only an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease due to insomnia and depression as independent risk factors, but one Even stronger association when these commonly experienced symptoms were combined with genetic risk factors, some of which were surprising, "said Dr. Shanna L. Burke, assistant professor of social work at the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Labor Social.
These findings suggest that alleviating depression and sleep disturbance may decrease the chances of a person developing the disease.
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