How stress impacts the brain

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How stressed are you?
If you live a high-stress life, you could have memory loss and brain shrinkage before you turn 50.  
We all know stress can drain your body, and now a new study shows it may also shrink your brain!
It’s published in the journal neurology. Researchers found a link between high levels of the stress hormone cortisol and brain size and function. Cortisol is a hormone released when we are stressed and on high alert. Researchers say that if you’re constantly stressed– your body may malfunction. 
Leading to heart disease, headaches, weight gain and trouble sleeping. This latest research found high cortisol levels also take a toll on your brain. Researchers say stress can also lead to memory loss and concentration issues. The study looked at more than 2-thousand people who took tests to measure their thinking skills. About eight years after the first test, researchers found people with the highest levels of cortisol had the most memory loss. Researchers also discovered cortisol affects a brain’s structure and size. Saying high levels of the hormone were linked with damage to some parts of the brain. The study also suggests people with higher cortisol levels had smaller brains. 
 

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