#1 Sign You’ll Develop DEMENTIA – Spot it Fast Before it Gets Worse (Easiest Tip Ever)!

By on March 24, 2017
If standing up causes you to feel dizzy, watch out, say researchers.

New research from Johns Hopkins University suggest that middle aged adults who experience this face an increased risk of cognitive decline as they age. This, they hypothesize, could lead to a dementia diagnosis.

The findings, which were presented at the American Heart Association’s EPI|LIFESTYLE 2017 Scientific Sessions in Portland, Ore., are one of the first to link dizzy spells to this condition.

“Even though these episodes are fleeting, they may have impacts that are long lasting,” says Andreea Rawlings, Ph.D., M.S., a post-doctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, who led the research. “We found that those people who suffered from orthostatic hypotension in middle age were 40 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who did not. It’s a significant finding and we need to better understand just what is happening.”

The Study

For the research, scientists drew data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) cohort, which collected information from over 15,000 residents living in four communities in the United States. The people in the study were between the age of 45 to 64, making them the perfect age for their research–middle age, typically, is when risk factors for the disease first appear.

Examining 11,503 adults who did not have coronary heart disease or stroke at the beginning of the study, researchers had them lie down for 20 minutes before standing. This allowed them to measure their blood pressure when suddenly standing up, something that would help them figure out if they were prone to dizzy spells. If they did feel dizzy upon standing, their blood pressure readings would drop. For 7 percent of the study population, it did.

Researchers then followed them for the next 20 years, keeping tabs on any new diagnoses of cognitive decline or dementia. As it turned out, those who experienced dizzy spells during the beginning of the study developed dementia 40 percent more often. This meant their risk of developing the disease nearly doubled–definitely a significant risk.

As for the reason why, researchers say dizzy spells–known scientifically as orthostatic hypotension–could damage the brain, leading to decreased cognition.

“Identifying risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia is important for understanding disease progression, and being able to identify those most at risk gives us possible strategies for prevention and intervention,” says Rawlings. “This is one of those factors worth more investigation.”

On the downside, researchers say there currently isn’t a cure for orthostatic hypotension. Knowing this is a possible risk factor for dementia can help doctors identify people at risk for the disease, however.

What This Means For You

Have dizzy spells when you stand up? If so, schedule an appointment with your local healthcare provider. You could possibly face a higher risk of dementia; identifying it fast can help you develop a game plan for minimizing your risk before it develops.

Readers: Do you experience dizzy spells too? Let us know the comment section below!

Rapid Blood Pressure Drops in Middle Age Linked to Dementia in Old

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