Lowering your blood pressure
Findings unveiled at last year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggested that lowering the top reading on your blood pressure — the “systolic” number — to 120 can reduce your risk of developing dementia by 15 percent.
Researchers have known for years about a link between dementia and high blood pressure. So, the news was not surprising.
In fact, last year, we reported on a European study that found that having a systolic number as low as 130 at age 50 indicated a higher risk of developing dementia in your 70s.