The new study was conducted after a large international study found that the number of people over the age of 30 with high blood pressure had doubled worldwide.
The researchers examined more than 2,000 brain scans of 686 healthy individuals between the ages of 44 and 76. Participant blood pressure was measured up to 4 times in 12 years.
Brain scans and blood pressure data were used to determine a person’s brain age, which is a measure of brain health.
They found it We found that people with optimal measurements of 110/70 had a brain age that looked more than 6 months younger by the time they reached middle age, compared to people with high blood pressure of 135/85...
These findings highlight the particular concern for young people in their 20s and 30s, as the effects of elevated blood pressure take longer to affect the brain.
Rather than waiting for blood pressure to become an issue, it is important to introduce lifestyle and dietary changes early in life so that blood pressure does not rise too high.
Even if your blood pressure is rising, take the opportunity to talk to your doctor about ways to lower your blood pressure, such as changing lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity.