Lowering blood pressure could lower dementia risk

July 9, 2008 2:48:07 PM PDT
A simple treatment may help keeping your memory sharp. Currently, studies show keeping your brain active , eating well and getting regular exercise may reduce the risk of dementia. Now, researchers are looking at the role your blood pressure may play.

A study in the journal Lancet Neurology looked at the effect of lowering blood pressure in more than 3,000 patients over the age of 80. It found that treatment with medications called diuretics and ACE inhibitors reduced dementia by 13 percent.

This is the same study that was stopped early because it was such a success in cutting the risk of stroke and death. Doctors say more research is needed but it suggests improving circulation may also help memory problems.


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