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Hypertension can speed up death for Alzheimer’s patients.

People with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, who also have type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure may die sooner than people without those disorders according to a new study.

The study was published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The Alzheimer’s study

The study tracked 323 people who had no memory problems when first tested but later developed dementia. Memory tests and physical exams were given every 18 months.

After patients had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, those people with diabetes were twice as likely to die sooner than those without diabetes who also had Alzheimer’s disease.

People with Alzheimer’s disease who had high blood pressure were more than twice as likely to die sooner than those with normal blood pressure.

Researchers conclusions

Study author Yaakov Stern, PhD said, “Studies show that the average lifespan of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be anywhere from three to nine years. For that person and their caregiver, every minute counts. Here we have two controllable factors that may drastically affect how long that person can survive.


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