PTSD May Double Risk Of Dementia

PTSD MAY DOUBLE RISK OF DEMENTIA, NEW ANALYSIS FINDS

(CNN) – A new study has found that people who experience post-traumatic stress disorder may be twice as likely to have dementia later in life.

Those findings including people in the general population who had PTSD from abuse, car accidents, terrorism, or other traumas.

Veterans with PTSD were one and a half times more likely to develop dementia than vets without the disorder.

The study looked at data on nearly 17 million people from 13 studies, across four continents.

The authors say this study proves PTSD can have long-term consequences, but it’s still under-diagnosed and under-treated.

It’s not clear why PTSD would bring on dementia, but many symptoms of the disorder would put the brain on high alert, flooding it with stress hormones.

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