John Elder
October 27
How soon should we start protecting our brains from developing dementia? And when does it become too late to even try?
High blood pressure is hard on the brain. It causes strokes that can kill you or leave you demented.
It can cause mini-strokes that might not kill you but will bring on rapid cognitive decline.
Then there’s subcortical vascular dementia in which the small blood vessels deep within the brain are damaged.

More young people at risk

Last year, an international study found that people with high blood pressure diagnosed before the age of 55 had smaller brains compared to people who had normal blood pressure.
They were also more at risk of developing dementia.

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