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Anxiety Linked to a Faster Alzheimer’s Onset

By | December 1st, 2020

Anxiety — which might feel like apprehension, fear, repetitive negative thinking — may be an early indicator of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, especially when paired with mild cognitive impairment.

The idea that anxiety somehow foreshadows Alzheimer’s is not new: We have seen it in, for example, 2018 findings that increased anxiety corresponded with higher levels of beta-amyloid, the protein that forms plaques in people with Alzheimer’s disease. We also saw it earlier this year, in a 2020 study with similar findings, detecting a link between repetitive negative thinking (chronic worry) and amyloid and another key biomarkers of Alzheimer’s, tau.

Now, a new study from the Medical University of South Carolina, recently presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, demonstrates a link between anxiety and faster progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer’s.

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