February 9, 2013- Beta blockers are medications that fight beta receptors which are found on the cells of heart muscles, airways, arteries and other tissues of the human nervous system.
And according to a new study, they are a possible medical solution to the prevention of dementia.
The study, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting on March 7th, will report that beta blocker medications are already being used to treat high blood pressure, an illness that is a known risk factor for dementia.
The study will show that researchers looked at the autopsies of eight hundred Japanese-American males to reach the conclusion about beta blocker medications. That’s because they discovered that of the autopsies reviewed, men who took beta blocker medications for high blood pressure suffered a much lover rate of dementia than those in the sample who didn’t use beta blocker medications.
The actual result showed that the men using the drugs had far fewer brain-related health problems.
Researchers noted that the weakness in the study is that only Japanese-American men were analyzed. A larger study, incorporating other ethnic groups, will have to be conducted.