Just How Bad Is Stress For The Brain?

Do you find that you keep forgetting things? You might be stressed. According to a new study, stress can physically change your brain and create problems with your memory.

Publishing the results in the journal Neurology, researchers from UT Health San Antonio found that “Higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, seem to predict brain function, brain size and performance on cognitive tests.”

Lead study author Dr. Sudha Seshadri reveals, “We found memory loss and brain shrinkage in relatively young people long before any symptoms could be seen,” adding, “It’s never too early to be mindful of reducing stress.”

Building on previous research, the UT Health study notes that people with high levels of cortisol had slightly smaller brains and more memory loss.