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Another blood pressure concern: Link to dementia
 
If the cardiologist's warnings don't scare you, consider this: Controlling blood pressure just might be the best protection yet known against dementia.
Scientists scanned brains to show hypertension causes scarring linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Those scars can start building up in middle age, decades before memory problems will appear.
Scientists have long noticed that some of the same triggers for heart disease — high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes — seem to increase the risk of dementia, too. But for years, they thought that link was with "vascular dementia," memory problems usually linked to small strokes, and not the scarier classic Alzheimer's disease.
Now those lines are blurring as specialists realize that many if not most patients have a mix of the two dementias. Somehow, factors like hypertension — blood pressure readings of 140 over 90 or higher — that weaken arteries also seem to spur Alzheimer's disease-like processes.
The latest study showed MRI scans of women 65 and older with high blood pressure had significantly more white matter lesions in their brains eight years later. The worse their blood pressure, the higher volume of white matter damage. The more white matter damage the greater correlation with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
This is a phenomenon I do not feel would be as damaging if it wasn’t for our poor American diets. Blood pressure will naturally rise as we progress chronologically (age) because our blood vessels become less pliable. I actually see my senior patients feel better when their blood pressure is around 120/80 up to 140/90. When the pressures go too low they can often feel fatigued. 
The white matter damage is a form of oxidation. It is nervous tissue breakdown. If our diets were lower in oxidizing chemicals from junk foods and higher in antioxidants from vegetables and dark colored fruits we would not have the same response to a mild blood pressure increase. Alzheimer’s and dementia have both been shown to be associated with low levels of antioxidants. 
 
Protect your brain at an early age by boosting up on vegetables and fruits of all colors. Take a multi-antioxidant daily with vitamin A, C, E, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10, and another with the polyphenols like green tea, ginkgo, grape seed etcetera.   I recommend all my patients to take an herbal antioxidant such as our HERBAL OX. Soon our new and improved PHYTO-OX plant protection will be available to all our patients.
 
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