People who have a genetic tendency to high blood pressure tend to have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study has revealed. The connection, however, may not be with the fact that one suffers from high blood pressure and the risk but the anti-hypertension medication that the patient consumes.
The co-author of the study, John Kauwe, associate professor of biology at Brigham Young University, US said that protective effects of the drugs could be a reason why people with high blood pressure have a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s.
The study analysed data based on genes from 17, 008 people suffering from Alzheimer’s and at least 37, 154 people who not suffer from it. The team of researchers looked for links between Alzheimer’s diseases as well as a number of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.
The team, however only found significant association between higher systolic blood pressure and a reduced Alzheimer’s risk.
Co-author of the study Paul Crane, associate professor of internal medicine at University of Washington, said that their results were the opposite of what people would probably think.
The study was published in the journal Plos Medicine.
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