Dementia: Research finds risk factor for women – it has 'knock-on effect on brain health'

The brain scans revealed that women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy experienced changes to “white matter” in the brain, which is vulnerable to blood flow changes.

“While more research will need to happen with a larger group of women to unpick this relationship,” added Dr Sancho, “it is important to remember dementia risk is complex.”

Several factors can play a key role in the development of dementia, including: older age, genetics, and lifestyle choices.

“If you are worried about your blood pressure or risk of heart conditions it is best to contact your doctor who can give advice,” advised Dr Sancho.

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