Common Pills for Blood Pressure Could Prevent Memory Decline

Common Pills for Blood Pressure Could Prevent Memory Decline
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Memory tends to decline as the years go by, and it’s a natural phenomenon that occurs in most of us. Luckily enough, there are plenty of ways to keep a fresh and sharp mind even if we’re not young anymore.

Besides frequently working out and eating healthy food, there will always be other ways to tackle the memory decline problem. According to Daily Mail, common pills for blood pressure could also help, as a new study has found after surveying data from 12,000 adults who were taking such medication.

Receptor blockers and ACE inhibitors could get the job done

The new study has found that people over the age of 50 receiving angiotensin II receptor blockers, such as irbesartan and candesartan, or ACE inhibitors like Rampiril and Lisinopril got their cognitive impairment reduced by 19 percent.

Dr. Daniel Nation, who is the study author and an Associate Professor from the University of California’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, declared as cited by Daily Mail:

Research has been mixed on which medicines have the most benefit to cognition.

Studies of angiotensin II receptor blockers and ACE inhibitors have suggested these medicines may confer the greatest benefit to long-term cognition.

Dr. Nation also added that hypertension occurs decades before the outset of symptoms for dementia, affecting the blood flow from both the body and the brain. He continues by saying that treating hypertension is likely to offer long-term benefits to the health of the brain and cognitive function.

The researchers observed that older adults who took blood pressure-lowering meds and that crossed the blood-brain barrier have shown better memory recall for about three years compared to those people surveyed who took the meds but didn’t cross the blood-brain barrier.

Dr. Jean Ho, a co-author of the study, confirms that the results represent powerful evidence for linking ACE-inhibitors, as well as angiotensin receptor blockers, to better memory.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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