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Stress linked to short-term memory loss in aging adults

Most of us are aware that stress can increase risks for certain conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, impaired immune function and psychological disorders. But now, a study suggests a link between high levels of cortisol – a stress hormone – and short-term memory loss in older individuals.

The researchers, from the University of Iowa (UI), publish their findings in the Journal of Neuroscience.

They note that although short-term boosts in cortisol are important for our survival – by making us more alert in the moment – exceptionally high or extended spikes in the stress hormone can yield negative effects, such as digestion problems, anxiety, weight gain and high blood pressure.

via Stress linked to short-term memory loss in aging adults – Medical News Today.

About Dr Ramesh Manocha

Dr Ramesh Manocha MBBS BSc (med) PhD is a GP, educator and researcher. His PhD was completed at the Royal Hospital for Women and focused on the scientific evaluation of meditation and the mental silence experience. Ramesh is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Sydney University and is also the founder and convenor of Generation Next, a national circuit of professional development seminars for education, health and welfare professionals. View all posts by Dr Ramesh Manocha →
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