At this moment there is no treatment for dementia. The only way to deal with it is to reduce the risk of developing the disease. One of the recognized risk factors of dementia is a high blood pressure. According to a recent large study, women with high pressure have a greater chance of developing dementia than men.

To come to this conclusion, the researchers used the information of 502.489 people aged 40-69 years in the period of 4 years (2006-2010). They found that risk factors such as current smoking status, diabetes, high levels of body fat, having had a prior stroke, and low socio-economic status had a similar effect of developing dementia in both women and men. But when it came to blood pressure, the risk degree of dementia was higher in women than men.

Although the reason for this wasn’t clear, the researchers believe that the defined sex differences might be due to the biological differencies and to the personal approach of treating health issues (women are more likely to overtreat themselves by using additional medications/supplements with more side effects).

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