By Kennedy Shelley
We know high blood pressure can increase your risk of stroke and heart attack.
It’s called the silent killer for a reason.
It doesn’t create any extreme symptoms, yet it slowly creates plaque pockets in your arteries and overworks your kidneys.
But what if the mix of high and low blood pressure caused damage to your brain?
More and more data shows that dementia is more related to the health of your heart than we thought previously.
And even more so Alzheimer’s has been referred to as Type 3 diabetes because heart health, as well as high blood sugar, are all related to inflammation in your body. (See this article in Freedom Health News)
The journal Neurology published a study in 2018 that showed high blood pressure increased your likelihood of dementia by increasing the number of toxic proteins in the brain.
But now some European researchers have taken the research further and showed that wild fluctuations in blood pressure could be even worse than steady high blood pressure in causing mental decline.
The analysis is presented in the prestigious journal Hypertension.
It was a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to determine if a hypertension drug could prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
They took a group of people who averaged 72 years of age with moderate to mild Alzheimer’s.
Those with the most blood pressure variability declined the fastest.
The effects happened within a year.
While most of us know how important it is to control our blood pressure, we didn’t know with certainty just how important it was to protect our brains.
And it seems to be an important way to protect our brains even when brain decline is already happening.
If you want yourself or a loved one to maintain as much of their brain function as possible, getting your blood pressure to a safe and stable level must be a priority.
A drop of even a few IQ points could be the difference between independent living and driving and going to a cognitive care center.
So, whatever you can do to keep blood pressure normal and constant becomes a high priority.
The studies key author, Dr. Jurgen Claassen, from Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands said:
“Everybody already knows that it’s important to control blood pressure in midlife to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s later, but this tells us it’s still important to regulate blood pressure when you already have dementia.”
This study only reinforces the point that Freedom Health News has been making for a while…a healthy heart makes a healthy brain.
The better we eat and take care of ourselves, the better our chances of having a healthy fully functioning life in our later years.
The better we treat our hearts, the better protected we are from future brain fog and dementia.
It may mean we make some diet changes to decrease cardiovascular inflammation and it might mean we give up smoking and add in some exercise.
While we may think this nagging only keeps away heart attacks, but it may preserve your memories and your chance at a living an independent life.