Disrupted sleep in one's 50s, 60s raises risk of Alzheimer's disease

June 27th, 2019 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

PET brain scans of healthy older adults show that those reporting lower sleep quality through their 50s and 60s have higher levels of tau protein, a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Previous studies link poor sleep to beta-amyloid tangles also, suggesting that protein tangles in the brain may cause some of the memory problems of AD and dementia. In addition, out-of-sync brain waves during sleep are associated with tau, providing a possible biomarker of dementia.
Source: Medicine Science Daily

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