The study authors concluded that blood pressure reduction — not the medications themselves — is what lowers dementia risk.
“Controlling blood pressure is important for lowering risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease,” Murray said. “We can now add prevention of dementia to the list of benefits of good blood pressure control at all ages.”
Preventing dementia is critical. “Once you start the decline from cognitive impairment to mild and eventually severe dementia, there is no known cure,” he explained.
For most, blood pressure can be controlled by low cost generic medications. And exercise isn’t a bad idea either – Exercise for High Blood Pressure? Most Not Keen on Idea.