A new study by UC Davis shows that having high blood pressure in your 30s is linked to worse brain health around age 75, particularly for men. The research found that people with high blood pressure between ages 30 to 40 had significantly lower regional brain volumes and worse white matter integrity, both of which are associated with dementia. The negative brain changes were stronger in men, possibly due to the protective benefits of estrogen before menopause. The researchers emphasized that hypertension in early adulthood is a modifiable risk factor and is treatable, underscoring the importance of heart health for brain health.
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