High blood pressure linked to higher rates of cognitive decline

(shreveporttimes) — Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found in a recent study that people who live in eight southeastern states are at 18 percent higher risk of developing cognitive decline than the rest of the country.

Overall, 8.1 percent of participants experienced cognitive decline over a four-year period.

The study found the states — Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina — are among the worst in the nation for failing memory and slow thought processes.

Nashville resident Jeaneen Richard is 46, but she jokes that she has her share of “senior moments.”

It’s not unusual for her to forget people’s names minutes after being introduced to them, draw a blank when trying to remember the name of an actor in a movie she’s seen, or walk into her den and have no idea what she went in there to do in the first place.

The University of Alabama study involved nearly 24,000 people across the country 45 and older. Participants were asked to perform tasks like naming as many items as they could think of in the cosmetic section of the grocery store and recalling words from a list that was read to them earlier.


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