As researchers estimate that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease will triple over the next four decades, any news regarding prevention or treatment is welcomed. With this in mind, recent research reveals that certain blood pressure medications are able to slow the progression of symptoms of this fatal and incurable brain disease. Specifically, the type of drug known as an ACE inhibitor was found to slow memory loss and delay deficits in thinking ability by about 20 to 30 percent compared with Alzheimer’s patients not taking the drugs. While this might not seem to be significant, anything that can be found to delay memory loss and impaired thinking ability associated with Alzheimer’s is noteworthy. More research is needed.
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HINT: ACE inhibitors may work in slowing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms by suppressing inflammation.