I now have a new worry and that is dementia and its link to high blood pressure. Medical Journals states that this disease is a progressive loss of memory and mental capacity that affects our ability to function.
This condition is not only for individuals of advanced aged, it is also not a normal consequence of aging. Also some types are reversal and is less common, but with proper diagnosis and treatment you can return to normal mental function.
I want you to also know that there are several types that are irreversible. So you ask why am I worried?
Depression, reactions to some medications, thyroid disease, Vitamin B12 deficiency, head injury, alcoholism - and we all have a drink, and infections such as Lyme disease are all reversible conditions.
Though all of the above can be life changing they are all treatable, so I am not worried about those types.
There are several types of irreversible conditions, such as Parkinson and Huntington diseases. But, the most common form is Alzheimer's accounting for up to 70% of all cases, as stated by the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide.
As stated by Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, every person on this planet is at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. This he said is true regardless of your age, family history, or your current state of health. Thats why using these
memory stimulating resources will help you to outsmart this disease.
Now a new study by Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Deputy Director of NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that hypertension is at the top of the list of causing this disease.
How scary is that with more than half the world's population is under stress and have high blood pressure, myself included. So protecting your heart and maintaining a healthy brain will boost our cognitive function.
High blood pressure readings of 140/90 and higher tends to weaken arteries and also seems to spur on these diseases.
Scientists did a research and noticed that hypertension individuals brains showed a type of scarring, known as white matter lesions, that was linked to the later development of Alzheimer's disease.
The white matter is the connective network of tiny blood vessels of systems within our brains that allows the cells to communicate with each other. Their researched studies showed that some of the same signs for heart disease like high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes increased the risk.
Scientists first thought that the link was with vascular dementia, which is a series of mini strokes which can affect enough brain tissue to impair thinking and not the scarier classic Alzheimer's disease.
Now they are realizing that most of their patients have a mix of the two.
Now we have a new worry of the effects of having increased blood pressure and its links to these diseases and the quality of our lives as we get older. Since hearing of this study I have increased by exercising and I'm on a mission to keep my blood pressure under control.
FYI - As the brain ages white matter develops. This seems to be a normal process of life.
How has your life changed since you or a family member has been diagnosed. Please share what you are going through, or experiencing?
Probably someone will see your situation and can offer information on getting help or just as a means of support.