Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is characterized by a decline in your brain’s functioning as you start climbing the age ladder. You or your affected loved one may note that you are increasingly becoming forgetful.
You may miss an appointment, lose tabs on a conversation, and even find it hard to reason or make decisions. About 15-20% of the aged people are affected by MCI. However, the latest study published in JAMA says the intensively lowering blood pressure can lower your risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.
The study made investigations on a pool of 9,400 participants who were all aged above their 50s. The original intent of the study was to learn how lowering blood pressure would impact the risk of dementia.
As per of the research, the systolic blood pressure was intensively lowered to 120 mg HG even though the standard treatment takes the blood pressure down to 140 mm Hg. Some of the participants were asked to take down their blood pressure intensively while the rest of the participants followed the standard treatment of lowering blood pressure.
The results of the investigation showed that fewer people who lowered their blood pressure intensively developed MCI in contrast with those who followed the standard treatment. This shows that lowering blood pressure helps lower the risk of mild cognitive impairment.
With that, it lowers the risk of developing dementia. This is because numerous cases of MCI go on to develop the cognitive ailment. Thus, managing blood pressure is useful for reducing the odds of MCI and dementia.
Moreover, the study authors also highlighted that three years of lowering blood pressure can help improve heart health alongside improving brain health. From your side, you should take steps that culminate in healthy aging. To this end, eat healthily, exercise regularly, maintain a social life, and keep yourself mentally challenged among other things.