Study: Blood pressure meds may reduce Alzheimer's risk

January 7, 2013 2:51:47 PM PST
A surprising connection between two diseases and it seems that by treating one you may also be fighting the other.

A study presented to the American Academy of Neurology finds taking beta blockers for high blood pressure may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Elderly men who were treating their high blood pressure with beta-blockers showed fewer brain abnormalities after death.

They also had significantly less shrinkage in their brains.

The study's authors say the results could be an important step toward delaying or preventing dementia.