According to a recent study, people with high blood pressure have older and less healthy brain, increasing the risk of dementia, stroke and heart disease. Even an elevated blood pressure that falls within the normal range seems to accelerate brain aging.
Normal blood pressure is considered to be below 120/80, whereas an optimal and healthier blood pressure is closer to 110/70. Exactly this optimal blood pressure helps your brain stay at least 6 months younger than your actual age.
To define a person’s brain age the researchers examined the brain scans and the blood pressure of 686 healthy participants (aged between 44 and 76 years old) over the 12-year period of time.
Based on this finding, the researchers advice even jong adults to check their blood pressure at least once a year. They assume that the effect of elevated blood pressure in your 30th or 40th builds up over many years and could start when you are 20.
In case of an elevated blood pressure, you need to adjust your lifestyle and diet to reduce it before it becomes a real problem.
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