Dizzy spells linked to dementia

A Dutch study of over 6,000 people (with data collected over the course of more than two decades) found that those who get these dizzy spells have a 15 per cent higher risk of developing dementia later in life.

Orthostatic hypotension, also called postural hypotension, happens when blood vessels in the legs fail to constrict enough upon standing, causing blood to pool in the legs instead of returning to the heart.

When blood does not flow to your brain, it deprives your brain cells of oxygen. This can damage tissue and, if your brain cells are deprived of oxygen long enough, can lead to loss of cognitive function.

Fortunately, you can prevent blood pooling. Stretch and flex your leg muscles and feet before you stand up, and you’ll move some of that blood up into the rest of your body, towards your head. (This also works if you tend to get dizzy while standing in place for more than a couple of minutes.)

Drinking plenty of water also seems to help.

But it’s also important to think about underlying causes of the condition.

Orthostatic hypotension occurs mostly in older adults – especially those who are in a care facility.

We don’t know exactly why that is, but I’m guess it’s because old folks are the most likely to get overmedicated, especially with blood pressure drugs.

Blood pressure that’s TOO low is more dangerous for older folks than BP that is a just a hair high.

BP meds aren’t the only ones that could be causing your head rushes. “Bedroom boosting” drugs are sometimes used to reduce high blood pressure in the lungs (called pulmonary arterial hypertension) and therefore can also cause sudden, dangerous drops in blood pressure.

There are natural ways to manage your erectile dysfunction, too – and they don’t come with dangerous side effects. Because erections are all about blood flow, anything you do to boost cardiovascular health – weight loss, exercise, quit smoking – will give you an edge in the bedroom, too.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Sudden BP Drops Tied to Higher Dementia Odds, webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20161011/blood-pressure-drop-dementia

Preventing and treating orthostatic hypotension: As easy as A, B, C, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2888469/

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