Alzheimer’s risk high for shift workers

If you work in shift-based jobs and easily get exhausted, then you may be at a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later, says a study.

It could be because working in shifts often disrupts the circadian rhythm, which can lead to sleep disorders and daytime fatigue. This disruption causes the brain to deteriorate resulting in memory disorder or Alzheimer’s disease.

In the recent study, published in the journal
Sleep
, scientists showed that a variation in the receptor 1A (MTNR1A) gene combined with a lifestyle that disrupts the circadian rhythm — caused by shift job — can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

The results showed that the link was only found in elderly, but not in the younger patients.

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