In a recent study from the University of Leipzig, scientists found that common high blood pressure drugs may help lower dementia risk.
They suggest that high blood pressure drugs may help prevent dementia.
The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The lead author is Dr. Jens Bohlken, MD, Ph.D. from the Institute of Social Medicine.
In the study, the team used data from the Disease Analyzer database (IQVIA) and included 12,405 patients with dementia and 12,405 patients without dementia.
Some patients had high blood pressure and several types of high blood pressure drugs were used, including diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme [ACE] inhibitors, and angiotensin II receptor blockers.
The results showed that the use of angiotensin II receptor blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and beta blockers was linked to lower dementia risk.
In patients treated with calcium channel blockers, increasing the treatment duration was linked to a lower risk of dementia.
The team says it is important to take high blood pressure drugs to prevent hypertension-related cognitive decline.
But high blood pressure therapy alone cannot guarantee that dementia will never occur. Healthy lifestyles are also very helpful in the prevention of dementia.
The team now plans to have a better understanding of why these drugs are linked to a decreased risk of dementia.
They will also examine the effects of lipid-lowering drugs and depression drugs.
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