Question: Are you mentally 2.7 years older than most people your age?
You might be. You might not.
But if you have high blood pressure, there’s a high chance your brain has aged more rapidly.
Which could lead to this pretty scary disease very easily and leave you almost helpless.
A research study conducted at Johns Hopkins University spanning 20 years focused on the link between high blood pressure and mental health.
The study collected blood pressure readings and mental performance data from more than 13,000 adults from the early 1990s to 2013.
The participants were divided into 3 groups: those who had normal blood pressure, those who had ‘pre-hypertension’ and those with high blood pressure.
The people who were chosen for the study ranged in age from 48 and 67 years old. The mental tests used in the study include verbal, memory and math problems. The first round of tests was conducted in 1990–1992. The tests were repeated next in 1996–1998 and finally in 2011–2013. By the end of the study, only a little more than 5,000 persons were alive to provide data.
When comparing the results of the initial round to the final round of assessments, a 6.5% decline in mental performance was found among those with high blood pressure.
This might look like a modest difference, but it is actually the same as being mentally about 2.7 years older than the average person your age. This can, in turn, increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Fortunately, there’s an effective and easy way to drastically lower your blood pressure. Really, all you need to help drop your blood pressure down are 3 easy exercises.