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Help reduce the risk of developing dementia by keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level

26 July 2022

High blood pressure is often related to unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, being overweight and not exercising enough.

Long-term research studies have demonstrated that high blood pressure in mid-life is a key factor that may increase the risk of developing dementia in later life, particularly vascular dementia. Be sure to keep your blood pressure under control for a healthier body and brain.In England, it’s estimated that 30% of the population has high blood pressure but, due to the lack of symptoms, it may go undiagnosed until something happens (for example a heart attack). Luckily, finding out your blood pressure can be easily done by visiting your GP or by visiting some local pharmacies.A good idea if aged between 40 and 74, is to get a free NHS Health Check, which takes 20 minutes and not only measures your blood pressure, but also takes your weight and height and asks you a series of questions to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. Book one by calling your GP.This is part of a campaign to increase awareness of the healthy behaviours you can adopt which may help reduce your risk of getting dementia.

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Updated: 14 September 2022

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