ANCHOR LEAD: WHEN SOMEONE IS DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER’S THEIR GENERAL HEALTH STILL NEEDS ATTENTION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Keeping blood pressure under control may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a Johns Hopkins study concludes. Michelle Mielke, study author, says that doesn’t have to mean medications.
MIELKE: We showed that high blood pressure was a risk factor for decline but that doesn’t necessarily mean right away that you should treat it with drugs. You can also look at exercise, you can look at diet. :09
Mielke says this study underscores the need to keep managing general health concerns even though someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
MIELKE: A lot of times, at least within the general population, once you’re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it’s sometimes viewed as futile to look at all the other diseases, because you’re going to progress anyway, we can’t stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But this study does show that it’s actually important to treat these vascular conditions. :19
Careful medical management can also spot other problems quickly, Mielke says. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.