High Blood Pressure Linked to Dementia

The Journal of Clinical Hypertension has reported the results of another study indicating that high blood pressure and dementia are related. Dementia is a medical condition that causes a gradual decline in an individual’s social skills and intellectual abilities, and unfortunately the effects are irreversible.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, and it affects approximately 5 percent of people over the age of 65. Vascular dementia is another form of this condition and is caused by stroke. For some seniors, the cause of their dementia is a combination of Alzheimer’s Disease and having experienced more than one stroke.

Risk Factors for Dementia

Like many other medical conditions, family history is one thing that determines an individual’s likelihood of developing dementia. Other risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking

The results from the new study of the relationship between hypertension and dementia indicate that controlling blood pressure in young people and middle-aged adults may help to prevent dementia. They are another reason why going for a checkup on a regular basis, including having a blood pressure test performed, makes good sense.

High blood pressure is known as “The Silent Killer” for a reason. Unless they take the few minutes to have a blood pressure reading done, a person will not know they have this condition. Given the fact that prolonged high blood pressure can lead to a number of health concerns, it makes sense to get it checked.BloodPressure

If it’s been awhile since you have been to see your doctor, why don’t you book an appointment for a checkup? If you think you don’t have time to do so, think again. High blood pressure can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication. Dementia doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of getting older, and looking after your health can help to prevent it. Isn’t that worth the time it takes to see a doctor?

Obesity, Heart Disease and Dementia Linked

If you are overweight, you have more than heart disease and diabetes to be concerned about. Being too heavy can also speed up dementia, according to the results of a new study. Reducing your risk of heart disease may also help to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of cognitive impairment.

For older women, being overweight, having high blood pressure, and low HDL levels (the “good” cholesterol), means that your risk of cognitive impairment increases by 23 percent. The increased risk also holds true for overweight men.

A different study found that people who had high cholesterol levels experienced a more rapid deterioration in brain functioning after developing Alzheimer’s. This research underscores the need to look after your health at any stage in life.