New research suggests hypertension may protect against dementia in older individuals

Written by Martha Powell

A new study, published recently in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, has reported that the onset of hypertension in later life may lead to a reduced risk of dementia in those over 90 years of age. Understanding the mechanisms behind this association could uncover options for protecting against dementia in individuals in their 80s and 90s. The researchers examined 559 individuals for an average of 2.8 years in order to assess the relationship between blood pressure and dementia. All participants were from The 90+ Study, a long-term, population-based study of those over 90years of age. Dementia...

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