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Anxiety could be an early indicator of Alzheimer's disease

Anxiety symptoms could be a warning sign of Alzheimer's disease years before any symptoms of impairment are noticed, according to new research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Scientists have long studied risk factors — like depression — that could lead to Alzheimer's. But a recent study took a more specific approach and looked at the symptoms of depression — like anxiety — itself. It found that signs of anxiety could be indicators of Alzheimer's in its beginnings.

"When compared to other symptoms of depression such as sadness or loss of interest, anxiety symptoms increased over time in those with higher amyloid beta levels in the brain," lead researcher and geriatric psychiatrist Nancy Donovan said in a statement.

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Written by ARIEL SCOTTI for NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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