Hypertension & diabetes together can lead to dementia
A group of Indian researchers have found out that a person with both diabetes and hypertension is highly likely to get dementia. The study was conducted on more than 256 people by a group of doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi.
People in the age group of 60 to 85 years were a part of the study.
The doctors said that more men come for dementia treatment than women. This is despite studies that show that dementia is largely a female dominated disease.
The research was largely focused on the hippocampus. This is a finger-size organ located right beneath the temporal lobe of the brain. The hippocampus is responsible for memory. When a person gets dementia, this organ shrinks and it affects the ability to think and remember things around.
Researchers have not found out whether the hippocampus can go back to its original shape once it shrinks.
Dementia starts in a person decades before it is diagnosed and revealed. Doctors say that by controlling hypertension and diabetes, there is a possibility that Hippocampus Atrophy can be reversed.