Study Links Depression To Increased Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • Did you know that 47% of Migraineurs also have depression Unfortunate, but true. The two diseases are often comorbid. Comorbid means having two conditions, but neither causes the other. In light of how many Migraineurs are also dealing with depression, this should be of interest to many...

     

    According to a study published in the April 8, 2008, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, people who have had depression are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease (AD) than people who have never had depression.

     

    Study author Dr. Monique M.B. Breteler, with the Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, commented,

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    "We don't know yet whether depression contributes to the development of Alzheimer's disease or whether another unknown factor causes both depression and dementia... We'll need to do more studies to understand the relationship between depression and dementia."

    This study showed people who had experienced depression were 2.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than people who had never had depression. The risk was even higher for those whose depression occurred before the age of 60; they were nearly four times more likely to develop Alzheimer's than those with no depression. 

     

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Published On: April 08, 2008