Who is happy in 50 will save the memory in 70: depression during menopause increases the risk of Alzheimer's

Women who feel happy during the hormonal adjustment of the body are more likely to avoid the development of senile dementia. This is the conclusion of scientists from the University of Tokyo, who analyzed about 700 questionnaires of women born in the UK after the war.

At the age of 50-52 years, participants answered questions concerning happiness, goals in life, self-esteem. After 17 years, the participants underwent a survey that allowed them to assess their memory, speed of thinking, cognitive skills. It turned out that the happier women felt in the "critical period," the lower was their risk of developing age-related dementia. 

According to scientists, a stable feeling of happiness reduces the negative impact of stress factors, the role of which in the development of Alzheimer's disease is confirmed by studies. Experts say that having a purpose in life, high self-esteem and the ability to enjoy every day create a "cognitive reserve" that increases the resistance of neurons to stress and protects the brain from age-related changes. 

Nov. 28, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

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