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womanA provocative research hypothesis suggests people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease experience a reduction in their high blood pressure because of cognitive or memory decline.

The cognitive problems suffered by some Alzheimer’s patients have previously been put down to low blood pressure (arterial hypotension).

The hypothesis put forward by Dr. Sven Kurbel of the Osijek Medical Faculty in Croatia, is that the opposite is true. He suggests that as the patient’s memory fails, they forget the causes of anxiety and worry that was causing high blood pressure: failing memory causes hypotension, not visa versa.

Hypertension itself is a cause of disease, including strokes, so paradoxically, Dr. Kurbel’s hypothesis suggests, treatments which alleviate memory loss could affect other causes of illness.

If this hypothesis is correct it could have a significant effect on the treatment of conditions such as metabolic syndrome, which involves increased weight and high blood pressure.

Dr. Kurbel concludes that “An important question is would reduction of stressful memories and of stress exposure in everyday life help diminish the risk of getting hypertension or metabolic syndrome in the years to come.”

If confirmed by further studies, this will affect how doctors treat the elderly, helping to target drugs more effectively and reduce risks of stokes and heart attack It also suggests that heart disease could be substantially reduced in old people simply by making them happier about themselves and their lives.

Dr. William Bains, editor of Bioscience Hypotheses, said “This is a fascinating piece of lateral thinking, one with real health implications, and just the sort of stimulating, practical idea that we hoped Bioscience Hypotheses would be able to publish for other scientists to think about”.

Source: Elsevier

Lose Your Worries to Improve Health

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Lose Your Worries to Improve Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/10/15/lose-your-worries-to-improve-health/3137.html

 

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