Cholesterol levels tied to increased risk of dementia

Posted on August 5th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

People as young as 40 with borderline or high cholesterol levels are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia, said a Kaiser Permanente study released Tuesday.

 

Researchers tracked nearly 10,000 people for four decades, starting when the participants were between 40 and 45. After controlling for weight, hypertension and diabetes, researchers discovered a significant link between borderline-high cholesterol and dementia, according to the study.

 

"When I meet with patients, I emphasize to them that there's not one single thing they can do to improve their lipids. They have to think of their whole life," said Dr. Larry Bergstrom, director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

CNN by Caitlin Hagan, 8/4/09

 

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Tags: alzheimers, Neurology

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