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    • I am always looking for more info on dementia because of my experiences with friends and family.

      Here is some interesting information that sounds like it could make a difference.

      "In a nationwide study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of hundreds of participants in the National Institutes of Health’s Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and found that intensively controlling a person’s blood pressure was more effective at slowing the accumulation of white matter lesions than standard treatment of high blood pressure. The results complement a previous study published by the same research group which showed that intensive treatment significantly lowered the chances that participants developed mild cognitive impairment."

      “These initial results support a growing body of evidence suggesting that controlling blood pressure may not only reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease but also of age-related cognitive loss,” said Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., director of the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). “I strongly urge people to know your blood pressure and discuss with your doctors how to optimize control. It may be a key to your future brain health.”

      This looks like a very reputable study, gold standard, published in the Journal of American Medicine. And I am going to monitor my blood pressure much more carefully now.

    • I've been lucky enough to attend two neurology conferences in the last few months — one at Stanford and one at MIT. Most of the researchers who commented on lifestyle effects on the mind simply said "what is good for the heart is good for the brain."

      I think it goes beyond that. What is good for the heart and brain is good for the eyes, ears, kidneys, back — any part of the body where keeping the circulation pathways open and transporting nutrient-rich blood is important. Like, everywhere.

      I think high blood pressure is both a symptom of poor health and a cause of organ damage.