Can Blood Pressure Medication Lower Your Risk of Alzheimer’s?

A new study from Johns Hopkins University shows that certain blood pressure medications are linked to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Blood Pressure Prescription Medication

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that certain common antihyperintesive drugs, or drugs that are used to treat high blood pressure, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by half. The study was recently published in Neurology and is paving the way for additional drug treatment options.

Lower Blood Pressure Means a Healthier Brain

Dr. Sevil Yasar and fellow researchers gathered demographic information on over 2,000 senior participants over the course of six years. Of those participants, 71% were taking high blood pressure medication. Those who were taking certain types of  antihyperintensive medication, including diuretics, had a 50% less chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

Exactly why the medication had this effect is unknown. One reason may be that high blood pressure is a risk factor for memory problems so lower blood pressure may protect against symptoms of Alzheimer’s in and of itself.

Next Steps for The Study

While the study showed promising preventative measures, more studies need to be done before drawing a conclusion. The study replicated previous findings that lower blood pressure means better brain power, but more research needs to be done to find how the medication works to reduce Alzheimer’s in addition to lowering blood pressure.

“Our study was able to replicate previous findings,” said researcher Dr. Yaser. “However, we were also able to show that the beneficial effect of these blood pressure medications are maybe in addition to blood pressure control, and could help clinicians in selecting an antihypertensive medication based not only on blood pressure control, but also on additional benefits.”

Have you seen blood pressure medication make a difference in the brain function of your loved one? 

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  • Carole B Starr

    SO, THE REAL POINT IS NOT that a prescription medication may prevent Alzheimers….so the title is misleading…the real point is that high blood pressure equates a higher incidence of Alzheimers – Drug companies would firstly have you believe they can cure! and they promote the publication of research such as this to be news worthy; HOWEVER…hopefully an individual is fighting to try all avenues of natural healing firstly! Such as avoiding consumption of more than the 4-6-8 ounces of alcohol a day – smoking cessation -increasing aerobic activities – sodium intake reduction – intake increase of plant based diet – : Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said: “Let your food by thy medicine” – and, Dr. McCoyed, neurologist of Loyola University Medical Center in this article states/reminds us: “High blood pressure is a known risk factor for long-term thinking and memory problems”, said Dr. Matthew McCoyd, assistant professor of neurology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

  • Darrell Bevan

    A note of caution: My wife, for the last few months, has been suffering episodes on a frequent basis (every few days or weeks lasting several hours) with symptoms of dizziness, double vision, loss of muscle control, fatigue, slurred speech, and falling usually in the mornings and upon standing up. She has visited more than a dozen doctors and taken dozens of tests. The closest thing to a diagnosis has been possibly TIAs. Recent studies studies show that temporary loss of brain functions can be caused by reduced blood circulation and that elderly people require increased blood pressure. This is contrary to conventional wisdom that high blood pressure is detrimental to the brain. I examined all the medications that she has been taking and found that she was taking three different hypertension drugs prescribed by three different doctors. Upon checking her blood pressure during an episode it was around 110mm which is normally in the 130s. I shared this information with Dr. Dattoma at UCLA Health in Thousand Oaks, California. She confirmed my finding and immediately reduced her anti hypertension medicine. Because the symptoms have now disappeared we will manage the dosage accordingly. I am surprised to find so many doctors and articles that recommend aggressive BP lowering treatment for brain disfunction.

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