New Study Says Controlling High Blood Pressure Can Reduce Memory Issues

New Study Says Controlling High Blood Pressure Can Reduce Memory Issues


As per a new study, controlling blood pressures can lower the risks of memory issues. One-third of American adults have high blood pressure and half of them have it in control. Reduced blood pressure can also reduce the risk of a brain disorder which can lead to Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Dr. Jeff Williamson, who is the lead in this study, Wake Forest School of Medicine said that this is the first time in history when the study blood pressure treatment can be related to the betterment of brain disorders as well. This study was related to studying the effect of blood pressure on the brain and the risk of developing cognitive impairment.

The patients with reduced blood pressure up to the reading of 120 were seen to have a 20 % lesser risk of developing mild cognitive impairment. Lower blood pressure was achieved by a low sodium diet or by antihypertensive medications. This research is still in the early stages but it can be predicted that lifestyle changes can be very effective in mental disorders.

About 9,000 people of age 50 or older were followed for this study for about three years. When their blood pressures were aggressively brought down, it led to a 19 % reduction in mild cognitive impairment. Nearly 75 % of Americans of age 65 and above have high BP issues.

Don Penny, a 63-year-old patient, a commercial photographer is being treated for high blood pressure and heart issues since last three years. He takes care of himself and tries to keep his blood pressure low. He says his blood pressure is manageable and is under control.

Researchers also said that there were not enough cases for dementia, but they did not see the same effect on the patients of dementia. Due to this, the Alzheimer’s Association will extend the study for two more years to get the correct results. The doctors now can discuss tangibly with the patients about the changes in their mental conditions.

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