Unfit In Middle Age: Are You Doomed?
Are you person in middle age who keeps putting off that planned health kick for another day?
If so, a couple of new studies may give you a sense of urgency.
One paper found that elevated blood pressure in middle age increases the risk of dementia, while another says being frail at this time creates your chances of an early death.
So how bad is a lack of fitness in mid-life and is it condemning you to bad health in the future?
What’s the dementia risk?
A study published in the European Heart Journal discovered those who were aged 50 with a systolic blood pressure of 130 mmHg or above were nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to develop dementia than those with ideal blood pressure.
It’s noteworthy that this is below the level of blood pressure considered to be high in the UK( 140 mmHg ).
Researchers suggested a possible rationale for the link was that created blood pressure could cause damage from “silent” or mini-strokes which can easily run un-noticed.
It’s worth pointing out that the study of 8,639 people demonstrates a link between elevated blood pressure at 50 and dementia but cannot prove cause and effect.
Researchers received no such association for people who were aged 60 or 70.
And any increase in risk needs to be seen in the context of your overall likelihood of getting dementia at some point in your life.
It is estimated that the risk of get Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is one in 10 for men and one in five for women from the age of 45.
Nevertheless, Alzheimer’s Research UK said it added to the evidence of a link between high blood pressure and dementia.
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