Experts at George Institute for Global Health have initiated a global study of over 28,000 participants and uncovered an association between lower blood pressure in later life and a reduced risk of dementia.
As part of the study released in the European Heart Journal, the authors analyzed five double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trials that involved the administration of varying blood pressure treatments.
Upon administration of such treatments, the patients were then evaluated for any onset of dementia.
The average age of the participants was 69. The study included participants from more than a dozen countries.
“Our results imply a broadly linear relationship between blood pressure reduction and lower risk of dementia, regardless of which type of treatment was used,” said one author of the study in a news release.
“Our study provides the highest grade of available evidence to show that blood pressure lowering treatment over several years reduces the risk of dementia, and we did not see any evidence of harm.”