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Blood pressure drugs linked to reduced Alzheimer's risk

Published on 14/01/2010
Medications known as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), which are commonly used to lower blood pressure, could slow and prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease.

That is according to new research published in the British Medical Journal, which suggests ARBs could significantly reduce the incidence and progression of the condition, particularly among the male population.

However, Timothy Parry, spokesman for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said that other factors are important in reducing the risk: "Mid-life heart health and diet appear to have connections to later development of dementia.

"Unless we act, dementia is set to become the single most crucial health issue for our society."

Figures show that some 700,000 are currently living with the condition in the UK, with this statistic forecast to double within a generation.

Dementia occurs as a result of nerve cells dying in the brain resulting in long-term decline of cognitive function.

By 2026 the total projected cost of dementia treatment will be £34.8 billion a year with a large proportion of this accounted for by informal care from family and friends, the King's Fund predicts.
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