We all know that high blood pressure is not something you want at any point in your life. Until recently, if you've had it while you were younger you had some time to get it under control.
Unfortunately, it is now being seen as dangerous for people younger than ever… as young as 40. Oh, and even if it's only slightly elevated.
Seriously, it could lead to brain injury and premature brain aging!!
Researchers are studying the links between systolic blood pressure and various indicators of brain injury among middle-aged adults. They found “a subtle, negative effect” of high systolic blood pressure on the structural integrity of the brain’s white matter, and a similar negative effect on the volume of grey matter in the brain.
What does that mean?
This, according to the source:
That means that by age 40, the brain of a person with hypertension or clinically high blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg, looks 7.2 years older than the brain of a person with normal blood pressure, according to indicators of brain function and anatomy that the researchers measured. And it’s not just those with clinical hypertension who have to worry; the team saw changes in brain structure among people with normal blood-pressure readings or with systolic readings just slightly higher than normal. The higher the systolic blood pressure, it seems, the greater the signs of brain damage.
Ugh, that's awful!!
As more and more research is done, the argument to stay in shape has never been bigger!
The researchers said:
“The message here is really clear: People can influence their late-life brain health by knowing and treating their blood pressure at a young age, when you wouldn’t necessarily be thinking about it. The people in our study were cognitively normal, so a lack of [cognitive-decline] symptoms doesn’t mean anything.”
In other words, take care of yourself NOW. Do not wait!
Get your blood pressure checked often!
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