If you feel a little bit dizzy when you stand up, you’d better take care. Chances are that you will develop dementia several years later.
In a study published in Neurology, researchers have found a link between dementia and orthostatic hypotension. Orthostatic hypotension is a condition where you have a sudden blood pressure drop as you stand up. The typical sign is dizziness when you stand up from sitting or lying down.
What does the study say
The study finds the link with dementia only in people having a drop in systolic blood pressure. No link between dementia and a drop in diastolic blood pressure is found, nor is that between dementia and a drop in blood pressure overall.
So, what is systolic blood pressure?
A blood pressure number is expressed with 2 numbers. The top number is systolic blood pressure. It is the pressure in your arteries during the contraction of your heart muscle. The bottom number, on the other hand, is diastolic blood pressure. It is the pressure when your heart muscle is between beats.
According to the study, people with systolic orthostatic hypotension were 40% more likely to get dementia compared with those who had no such condition. Also, researchers said that the more fluctuating your systolic blood pressure became when you change the position from sitting to standing, the more likely you are to develop dementia.
What to do
Now it seems that controlling the blood pressure drops can be a possible way to prevent dementia. Since controlling blood pressure may seem difficult, here are some ways that may help lower your risks for it.
Have raw fruit and vegetable juice
Studies find that eating fresh fruit and drinking vegetable juice three times a week could greatly lower the risk of developing dementia by 76%.
Smokers are 45% more likely to develop dementia than non-smokers. Nearly 14% of dementia cases can be attributed to smoking. Maybe it’s finally the time to quit it if you have the habit.
Regular exercise, including walking, dancing, swimming, and cycling can prevent your brain from being attacked by dementia.
Quieting your mind is good for you to maintain your memory. While stress could increase the risk of dementia, meditation and yoga can increase protective tissue in your brain and help reduce the stress.
Laughter can be an excellent means for preventing dementia. It is said that laughing helps your brain grow new cells, thus preventing the condition.
Learn about the symptoms
If you can detect dementia as early as possible, you are more likely to slow the progression of the condition. Common symptoms of dementia can include vision problems, difficulty in tracking dates, and failure to complete familiar tasks.