Jealous women at higher risk of Alzheimer’s | Study

This means all the women will have a risk of developing Alzheimer’s . As it’s hard to find a woman who is not jealous. Just joking.

According to a new study, Women who are anxious, jealous, or moody, worried and distressed in middle age may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. This is a big revelation, as up to now most of Alzheimer’s research focused on factors such as education, heart and blood risk factors, head trauma, family history and genetics. This is for the first time, personality traits and dementia are being linked.

The study which followed for 38 years, 800 women with an average age of 46, looked for the effect of level of neuroticism, extraversion or introversion, stress (that lasted one month or longer) in the subjects. Of those, 19 per cent developed dementia.

Neuroticism involves being easily distressed and personality traits such as worrying, jealousy or moodiness. People who are neurotic are more likely to express anger, guilt, envy, anxiety or depression.

Introversion is described as shyness and reserve (or inward looking or not disclosing much) and extraversion is associated with being outgoing (or open).

Stress (that lasted one month or more) and prolonged stress (or experiencing constant stress during the last five years) referred to feelings of irritability, tension, nervousness, fear, anxiety or sleep disturbances. The stress can be anywhere in work, health, or family situation.

The study found that women who scored highest on the tests for neuroticism (eg. jealousy) had double the risk of developing dementia compared to those who scored lowest on the tests.

Not going too much into the numbers of the study findings, we can unanimously conclude that the study links high level of neuroticism, stress and worry among middle aged woman with the heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s at a later age. A little jealously and worry will have no harm. Buddha Says — Follow the Middle Path.

The study was published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.