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Alzheimer’s Disease May Be Slowed with Better Blood Pressure Control

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the many disabling conditions that may qualify a patient for Social Security disability benefits. Many disabling conditions have no known cure, such as Alzheimer’s, but researchers are always working on new treatments and methods of slowing the disease or improving quality of life.

A recent study from the University of Texas at Dallas led by Dr. Karen Rodrigue has found that there may be a connection between healthy blood pressure levels and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, researchers found that patients with a specific genetic variant who also suffered from high blood pressure (hypertension) had a greater risk of accumulation of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those with one or neither risk factor.

The study also found that, among those with the genetic variant, those who did not have hypertension or who kept high blood pressure controlled with medication had lower instances of beta-amyloid accumulation compared to those whose high blood pressure was untreated.

Dr. Rodrigue’s team noted that because high blood pressure is an easily treated condition, controlling it may help reduce the risk or prolong development of the disabling condition. Aside from these findings, previous studies have also found that vascular disease may increase Alzheimer’s risk.

High blood pressure is one of the many health conditions that may increase risk of other disabling conditions. It can also have long-term health effects and shorten a patient’s lifespan over time if not properly managed.

Seeking Social Security Disability Benefits for Alzheimer’s Disease

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