Navigation Links
High Blood Pressure Likely in Alzheimer's Offspring

And hypertension could contribute to developing the brain disease, study finds

MONDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults whose parents have Alzheimer's disease are at increased risk for high blood pressure, evidence of arterial disease and markers of inflammation -- all of which may be associated with later development of Alzheimer's disease.

That's the finding of a study by researchers in the Netherlands who compared 206 adults in 92 families with a parental history of Alzheimer's and 200 adults in 97 families with no parental history of the disease.

The team at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam measured the participants' blood pressure, analyzed blood samples for genetic characteristics, cholesterol levels and levels of pro-inflammatory proteins called cytokines, and collected medical history and details about diet, exercise and stress levels.

The study found that 47 percent of adults with Alzheimer's-afflicted parents carried the gene (APOE e4) known to be associated with the disease, compared with 21 percent of those with no family history of Alzheimer's. Those with a family history had higher blood pressure readings, signs of arterial disease and higher levels of several different cytokines.

High blood cholesterol and glucose levels were not associated with parental Alzheimer's disease, according to the study, which is published in the November issue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

"Our study shows that high blood pressure and an innate pro-inflammatory cytokine response in middle age significantly contribute to Alzheimer's disease," wrote Dr. Eric van Exel and colleagues. "As these risk factors cluster in families, it is important to realize that early interventions could prevent late-onset Alzheimer's disease. One could argue for a high-risk prevention strategy by identifying the offspring of patients with Alzheimer's disease, screening them for hypertension and vascular factors and implementing various (non)pharmacological health measures."

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about Alzheimer's disease.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Nov. 2, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Specific antagonism lowers blood pressure
2. Restricting Blood Flow May Help Heart Bypass Patients
3. FDA Updates Prescription Guidelines for Blood Thinner
4. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
5. Back to School Means Return of School Blood Drives
6. Blood-flow detector software show promise in preventing brain damage
7. FDA Approves New Roche West Nile Virus Blood Screening Test
8. Australian-led international study shows blood pressure drugs cut death rate in type 2 diabetes
9. Laser blasts viruses in blood
10. Study Demonstrates Marteks Algal DHA Oil Improves Blood Triglyceride Lipid Levels
11. LifeMasters Provides Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Blood Cholesterol Level
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... November 29, 2015 , ... ... analog distortion effect tool designed specially for Final Cut Pro X. FCPX ... looks with the easy-to-use modification controls. Destoying and creating chaotic distortion is now ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... ... Effective immediately, every single IguanaMed scrub style will be available at Target ... a “Buy One Scrub Set, Get the 2nd Scrub Set 50% Off” for a ... discounted price. , IguanaMed’s mission is to outfit every healer around the ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... November 29, 2015 , ... Key Housing, a top-rated corporate housing ... December, 2015, featured apartment community: Epic. In showcasing this featured apartment community in San ... Bay Area rental market to efficiently find housing suitable to their needs by showcasing ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... San Diego, California (PRWEB) , ... November 28, ... ... cloud-based medical image exchange technology and teleradiology services, has added Chris Hafey and ... prepares to exhibit at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 Annual ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... ... Safe storage for contraceptive devices may not always be easy to find. However, ... other from Bradley Beach, New Jersey, there is an easy solution to the problem. ... NuvaRings more often than necessary. As such, it affords peace of mind and eliminates ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... 2015 Une nouvelle approche ... Bremachlorin contre le cancer avancé.    ... l,immunothérapie au traitement photodynamique au Bremachlorin contre le ... Une nouvelle approche consistant à combiner l,immunothérapie au ...    Clinical Cancer Research . ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... NEW YORK , November 27, 2015 ... health system is set to go online. The potential ... and processes is vast and far from fully exploited ... access to patient health records, either via mobile tablet ... ) --> ) ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Niederlande, November 27, 2015 ... bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   --> Ein ... fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   --> Ein ... fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   Clinical Cancer Research ... Clinical Cancer Research vom 6. November ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: