Currently, an estimated 5.4 million peoples have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to grow significantly as our population ages. With Alzheimer’s affecting such a large portion of our population, researching ways to combat it has become more important than ever. A recent study made a new discovery that could be an important breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research: blood pressure medication, particularly beta blockers, can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The study on dementia, which was released this month by the American Academy of Neurology, observed 774 Japanese-American men ages 71 to 93 over the course of 21 years. A total of thirty-three percent of participants took beta blockers; 15 percent took beta blockers alone, while 18 percent took additional blood pressure medications. The results showed healthier brains among those who took blood pressure medications, particularly those taking only beta blockers. These men had fewer signs of brain damage associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia, such as mircroinfarcts (otherwise known as mini strokes), amyloid plaque build-up and brain atrophy.