Intensive blood pressure control could be key to beating Alzheimer’s, study finds


INTENSIVE blood pressure control may be the key to beating Alzheimer’s in later life, scientists say.

A study found that much closer monitoring was more effective at slowing the accumulation of damaging white matter lesions.

Closely monitoring blood pressure may be the key to beating Alzheimer’s, experts say
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And a previous study by the same group showed the treatment lowered the chances of people developing cognitive impairment.

Researchers used MRI scans to study lesions and found people with hypertension have a greater chance of accumulating them and are more at risk of developing dementia.

US neurological expert Dr Walter Koroshetz said: “These initial results support a growing body of evidence suggesting that controlling blood pressure may not only reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease but also of age-related cognitive loss.

“I urge people to know what their blood pressure is and discuss how to optimise control.

“It may be a key to your future brain health.”

Jana Voigt of Alzheimer’s Research UK, last night said: “Research points to midlife as the time to act, with high blood pressure associated with the greatest risk of the ­condition.”

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