From the Los Angeles Times:
A twenty- or thirtysomething adult wth blood pressure that’s even a little high is risking damage to the structural
integrity of his brain that may be evident by the age of 40, says a new study.
The early appearance of hypertension’s toll on the brain suggests that
physicians should act sooner and more aggressively to control the upward creep
of blood pressure in their younger patients, say the authors of the latest
research, published online in the Lancet on Thursday.
Neurologists at UC
Davis led a study that looked at 579 third-generation participants of the
famous Framingham Heart Study. The participants ranged in age from 19 to 63
years old but clustered heavily around age 40. In addition to measuring systolic
blood pressure, the study authors scanned each subject’s brain: They precisely
measured volume of gray matter — the interlocking neurons and axons that make
up the brain’s central processing unit — as well as the integrity of the
subjects’ white matter, the thick cables of fat-covered brain tissue that speeds
electrical signals among brain regions.
Read about their findings here: