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Blood pressure control is 'vital' for lowering chances of getting Alzheimer's

Blood pressure control is 'vital' for lowering chances of getting Alzheimer's
19th January 2010

The importance of cutting down on salt and smoking have been underlined by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, which underlined how midlife heart health and diet look like they have connections to the later development of dementia.

Timothy Parry, a spokesman for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, responded to research posted by the British Medical Journal earlier this month.

It was discovered that drugs known as angiotensin receptor blockers, which are more regularly used to lower blood pressure, could be successful in preventing Alzheimer's disease.

Mr Parry said the research was of particular interest and the study adds to the previous understanding that heart health is linked to the development of dementia, with him and his organisation hoping for more clinical trials to take place to find out how far such drugs might be beneficial.

"The best advice in midlife is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, though it's never too late to improve lifestyle and reap the many health benefits it brings," he concluded.

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