According to a recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an intensive control of blood pressure in elderly people reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, which is a precursor to early dementia. MCI is a decrease in memory and the ability to think and is also considered a risk factor for dementia.
The study was a clinical trial and had 9361 volunteers among adults 50 and older with hypertension but without diabetes or a history of stroke. The study findings showed that, in addition to helping the heart, lowering blood pressure over a period of three years also helped the brain. A 15 percent reduction in dementia was also observed in the intensively controlled group.
In previous observational studies, hypertension has been identified as a potentially modifiable risk factor for ICM and dementia. “As doctors treating older patients, we are finally encouraged to have a proven intervention to reduce someone’s risk of MCI,” said lead researcher Jeff Williamson, a professor at Wake Forest University in the United States.
Few alterations in the diet could also help control blood pressure. Here is a list of three of those foods that you can add to your diet:
An excellent source of soluble fiber, methi is known to help reduce bad cholesterol levels. It has low amounts of sodium, which makes it suitable for people who have high blood pressure levels.
This winter vegetable is full of potassium content, which is known to help relax tension in blood vessels and arteries, maintaining blood pressure levels.
In addition to being abundantly rich in iron content, spinach also contains magnesium, lutein and potassium, which help prevent the thickening of arterial walls.
Add these winter foods to your diet and control blood pressure levels.
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