DAVIS, CA – Lots of folks have high blood pressure, regardless of size or gender, or even age and family history.
Doctors already know high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes, and a host of other physical problems.
Now, researchers at the University of California-Davis found that people in their 30s and 40s with high blood pressure have accelerated brain aging. To put it another way, they have a good chance of memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers used MRI and other imaging to look at the brain of people in the study with hypertension. They think stiff or hard arteries from high blood pressure gradually limit blood getting to the brain, which robs it of oxygen.
If you think this sounds like you, you might want to see a doctor before you forget about it, because, according to this study, you most certainly will start forgetting lots of things.