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How Stress Contributes to Risk for Alzheimer’s and Liver Disease

The dangers of excessive stress are becoming more and more apparent, as its health implications continue to be studied in relation to various diseases.

Take Alzheimer’s disease: Scott LaFee, writing for UC San Diego Newsroom discusses this connection in his article, Modulating Brain’s Stress Circuitry Might Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease where he says that “researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that long-term treatment using a small molecule drug that reduces activity of  the brain’s stress circuitry significantly reduces Alzheimer’s disease (AD) neuropathology and prevents onset of cognitive impairment”.

And while we may already appreciate the toxic implications of too much alcohol on the liver, the ‘stress hormone’, cortisol’s, role in promoting liver disease is being increasingly studied as well. Mohan Garikiparithi, in his article for Bel Marra Health, Depression and stress levels increase risk of liver disease, hepatitis states that: “Researchers found those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) had an overproduction of cortisol. Researchers believe that overproduction of cortisol is what contributes to the excess fat in the liver as cortisol is known to promote fat deposits in the liver.”

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