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Alzheimer's Society: More research needs to be done into new link

Alzheimer's Society: More research needs to be done into new link
26th August 2009

A recent study of 20,000 people over 45 has found that higher blood pressure results in an increased chance of getting dementia or Alzheimer's disease, with one leading UK expert responding to the results.

Dr Susan Sorensen, the head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said the large-scale study added weight to the growing evidence that blood pressure is a major contributor to neurodegenerative disorders and other cognitive impairments.

Furthermore, more study needs to be carried out to understand the link between the factors, she added.

Dr Sorensen added: "Alzheimer's Society recommends that you can reduce your blood pressure by exercising regularly, eating healthily and not smoking.

"High blood pressure can often also be controlled by medication so if you're not sure what your blood pressure is or haven't had it checked recently you should visit your GP to have it measured."

Alzheimer's Society patrons include Dame Judi Dench, Britt Ekland and David Blunkett.

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