Researchers: Blood Pressure Medication Could Help Fight Alzheimer's

Created: 01/08/2013 8:10 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Could there be a way to prevent Alzheimer’s? Researchers think they’re on to something, and it has to do with blood pressure medication.

Researchers in Honolulu reviewed the autopsy results of nearly 800 Japanese-American men. Those who were taking blood pressure drugs called Beta Blockers as their only medication for blood pressure had fewer abnormalities in their brains.

The findings could lead to a way to slow down or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but doctors say more research needs to be done.

"One thing to keep in mind is that this study was done in Japanese-Americans, and we really would need a larger study including the whole population to see if these benefits are unique to this class of medications,” says Dr. Ronan Factora of Cleveland Clinic. “So I don't think it makes people run out and say, ‘Hey I want to change my blood pressure medication to this class.’”

The findings will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.