Scientists revealed the benefits of preventing hypertension to reduce the jeopardy of dementia

Analysis of studies conducted by scientists at the Irish National University in Galway showed that maintaining normal blood pressure (≈ 120/80 mm Hg) by taking special medication reduces the risk of dementia and other cognitive impairment by 7%. This is reported on the University website.

The meta-analysis included 14 studies, which covered data from 96 158 participants. Scientists were interested in how the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment is reduced if people with hypertension are taking antihypertensive drugs. The results showed a 7% decrease in the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. 

According to statistics, more than 50 million people around the world suffer from dementia. Specialists say that the treatment of hypertension and intensive control of blood pressure can be good prevention against this disease. Taking medications to maintain normal blood pressure (where systolic pressure does not exceed 120 mm Hg) also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and events such as strokes, for example.

The authors of the study note that since there are no treatments that directly prevent the development of dementia, it is important to maintain normal blood pressure to reduce the likelihood of dementia. In addition to taking medication, it is also important to make lifestyle adjustments to protect the health of the brain: for example, to watch your diet, to walk more in the fresh air, and so on.

May 22, 2020, 11:19 a.m.

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