Happiness In Early Adulthood Might Prevent Dementia

It turns out that your emotional state in early adulthood has an impact on your cognition ten years later, and cognition in old age. Researchers found that the odds of cognitive impairment were 73 percent higher for those estimated to have elevated depressive symptoms in early adulthood, and 43 percent higher for those estimated to have elevated depressive symptoms later in life.

The experts say it could be due to the increase in stress hormones caused by depression, which could damage the brain’s hippocampus, which is responsible for forming, organizing, and storing new memories. The experts say that with up to 20 percent of the population suffering from depression during their lifetime, it’s important to recognize its role in cognitive aging.

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