Genes that increase the risk of high blood pressure could also lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

The study, conducted by scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark, the University of Cambridge and the University of Washington, could potentially lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers examined the data of more than 54,000 people. 17,008 had Alzheimer’s disease, and 37,154 were older people without Alzheimer’s. The researchers then analysed genes that have historically been linked with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s, such as type 2 diabetes, BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure.


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