Posted on Feb 13, 2010 | Comments 0
If the thought of heart attack does not scare you, perhaps the thought of dementia may? Now according to researchers, there is one more reason to control hypertension; to reduce risk of dementia.
According to a new research, brain scans that revealed certain scarring of the brain was seen to be linked to future development of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
Having hypertension in middle age can cause the kind of scarring that will later; even decades later develop into dementia or other memory problems it has been noted. So perhaps controlling high blood pressure is not just about protecting the heart but also the brain.
This study seems to reinforce the common understanding that heart disease and disease of the brain seem to have the same triggers and risk factors; viz., high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes.