The truth is that when you’re a kid, you have no control.
One major stressful event early in your life has an impact on later brain health. The more stressful experiences you have over your lifetime, the more your brain ages.
Losing your job or home, the death of a child, poverty, abuse and neglect, divorce or growing up with parents who abused drugs or alcohol contribute to the escalated aging.
Even a change in schools can be traumatic for some children.
Memory and reasoning skills take the greatest hit as you age, but it’s unclear if these stressful events and cognitive losses lead to dementia.
Since stress and chronic inflammation go hand-in-hand, it wouldn’t be a leap to think that traumatic events accelerate the development of dementia.
A healthy lifestyle and diet can reduce your risk.
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