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It is not only your heart you need to worry about if you suffer from high blood pressure...

The latest research shows that even slightly raised blood pressure may age your brain – even if you are under 40, ultimately putting you at risk for memory problems, dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

The research used high-tech MRIs to look at the grey and white matter of participants’ brains – these participants were mainly in their thirties, and fell into three groups: hypertensive, pre-hypertensive and normal blood pressure. 

The results showed that the brains of 30-year olds with high blood pressure looked similar to people in their 40s who had normal blood pressure. While previous studies have shown a link between high blood pressure and memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, this is the first one showing that the decline may begin as early as your 30s and 40s.

Brain Injuring
Experts believe that high blood pressure may lead to stiffening of the arteries that ultimately restricts blood flow to the brain, depriving the brain of oxygen. This is supported in a study that looked at the cognitive function of elderly participants with arterial stiffness which was accelerated by hyper-tension. The results showed a correlation between hypertension-induced arterial stiffness and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The Mayo Clinic also lists the following as brain effects of high blood pressure: transient ischemic attack, sometimes called a mini-stroke, is a temporary disruption of blood supply to your brain – it often serves as a warning sign that you are at risk of a stroke; high blood pressure can lead to a stroke by weakening your brain’s blood vessels – which can cause them to narrow, leak or rupture; and vascular dementia has a number of causes, one of which is as a result of narrowing and blockage of the arteries supplying blood to the brain.

Become Aware
These findings send a clear message that you need to start testing blood pressures from a younger age. If your blood pressure is elevated the quicker the corrective action the better. 

Make lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising and reducing salt intake. Supplement your intake of nutrients that protect the brain and support healthy blood pressure.

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