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Aggressively Lowering Blood Pressure May Accelerate Brain Shrinkage

A new article in the Los Angeles Times reports “New research has found that using medication to aggressively drive down blood pressure or improve lipid levels does not do more than standard therapy to stem the decline in cognition that’s common among such patients. In fact, aggressively lowering systolic blood pressure may accelerate brain shrinkage, which is a hallmark of dementia.” The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that “In addition to their higher likelihood of having heart attacks and strokes, patients with Type 2 diabetes are about 50% more likely than those without the metabolic disorder to suffer dementia.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.