A new study found that people with high blood pressure and who are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease may have a higher incidence of developing brain plaque, which is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
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The study involved 118 adults between 47 and 89 years old, who were divided into the following groups: those with high blood pressure and those with normal blood pressure, and those who have a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s and those who do not. After taking brain scans of all of the participants, the researchers found that those with high blood pressure and are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s presented more beta-amyloid plaques, as compared with the other participants. In fact, it was found that those who were predisposed to the disease and those with high blood pressure had the most number of plaques. However, the study did not find any causal relationship between high blood pressure, genetic mutation, and brain plaque.
Since high blood pressure is highly responsive to lifestyle changes, proper nutrition and exercise, which can lower blood pressure and promote vascular health, can also lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s, making living healthy a very wise choice.
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