Health News: Stress Now, Alzheimer’s Later

When our bodies are stressed they release a chemical hormone called corticosteroid. This hormone is found at a two- to three-times higher level in Alzheimer’s patients than the general population.

Domenico Praticò—a professor of pharmacology, microbiology, and immunology at Temple’s School of Medicine—led the study. He said, “When the levels of corticosteroid are too high for too long, they can damage or cause the death of neuronal cells, which are very important for learning and memory.”

If avoiding excess stress really is the best preventative measure, perhaps the prescription is 20 minutes a day in a hammock—now that sounds like good medical advice.