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Blood pressure meds may help Alzheimer’s

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ACEIRELAND – Good news! Alzheimer’s patients could find relief from medications they’re already taking – for something else!

A new study at the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation in Ireland, says that Alzheimer’s patients who took a blood pressure medication called an ACE inhibitor; saw a 20% to 30% rate reduction in memory loss and other thinking abilities.

Donald Molony, M.D., with UTHealth Medical School explained, “This study will have to be confirmed in a larger, presumably randomized, controlled clinical trial, but may offer a substantial new avenue of treatment, for either the prevention, or the control of Alzheimer’s.”

Even better news; these medications are generically available and aren’t too expensive.

“This is very consistent with the notion that ACE inhibitors will sometimes have a positive effect on inflammatory states, and if Alzheimer’s is in part an inflammatory disease, where destruction is mediated by inflammation, then ACE inhibitors may have a beneficial effect beyond the simple control of blood pressure.”

Until science figures out exactly how to stop Alzheimer’s, at least there is hope in knowing we may be able to slow it down a bit.