Depression can be the cause of Alzheimer's disease

Most likely, many of you have heard about the existence of such diseases as Alzheimer's disease. This syndrome is a very insidious disease, which reduces mental capacity of the person and the personality gradually loses his memory and his own identity. Scientists believe that the development of the disease contributes to a genetic predisposition, but according to the latest research, depression may also affect the development of dementia.

Depression can be the cause of Alzheimer's disease

Is there a link between the development of dementia and depression?

To understand whether there is a link between depression and dementia, researchers have for several years conducted clinical research aimed at studying the behavior of patients with Alzheimer's. Although the existence of depression in patients seems obvious, there is evidence that depression may not be a consequence and a cause of the disease.

A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, found that increased levels of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is considered to be the primary pathological feature of Alzheimer's disease and can be directly linked to exhibit symptoms of depression. Furthermore, easy depression can be one of the first clinical symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease.

Do prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease is possible?

The study showed that depressive disorder increases the risk of vascular abnormalities in the brain or on its surface. The result of such mutations can become not only Alzheimer's disease but also the occurrence of stroke.

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Scientists believe that early treatment of depression can help in the fight against the onset of dementia. Due to the fact that the initial symptoms and depression, and dementia are very similar to each other, with the threat of further development of Alzheimer's disease, scientists recommend to throw all the forces is to combat depressive disorder.