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High Blood Pressure and Memory Loss Linked by Experts

Author: Shizuo Akira

High blood pressure or medically known as hypertension is one of the most common illnesses in your mid-life. The consequences are immeasurable because other organ functions are affected. But aside from the piling up complications, the ARIC or the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities reported that there may be a link between hypertention and declining memory in affected individuals during mid-life.

The research involves monitoring about 13500 individuals who are diagnosed with hypertension for about 20 years. It involves a multi-cultural group from African-Americans, Caucasians, aging from 45 to 65 years old. The study initially started since 1990 and another test was done after 6 years and the last part was last 2011 and 2013 respectively.

What the results said:

Generally, there was a decreased in the cognitive function after 20 years for the studied individuals, read d bal max. Apart from that, there are also other interesting results which include:

1. There is lesser cognitive loss to those who joined the research who took anti hypertension medications.
2. Those who don't have hypertension in their 40's but developed during their 60's to 80's have the same test results with those patients who are not hypertensive.
3. The memory loss was more evident to African Americans than other races and death is more evident whilst during the entirety of the research.
4. The decline in their memory was about 6.5% higher than those with normal blood pressure but still joined the research.

Implications of the study

The report given by ARIC serves as an awareness that normal blood pressure should be maintain especially during mid-life. Everyone should know the normal blood pressure which is 120/80 and that necessary steps should be done to avoid going over 140/90.

Healthy lifestyle should be your aim and precautions include:

Limiting salt intake and avoiding processed food since it contains high sodium.
Avoiding vices like cigarette smoking and using other tobacco products, alcohol intake
Regular exercises, eating a balanced meal and keeping your body into the ideal body weight.

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