Treating high blood pressure could slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests.

A study of almost 11,000 people indicated that people who were taking medication for hypertension retained more of their cognitive abilities. People with high blood pressure, but who were not being treated, declined rapidly. The study was based on a survey of over-55s in China and was presented to the American Heart Association in New Orleans.

High blood pressure in mid life has long been associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, particularly vascular dementia, in later life. Up to 18 million people in the UK have high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes, but many are unaware as there are no symptoms. Vascular dementia is caused…

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