Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cholesterol and dementia

A study of 9,752 people in northern California who underwent health evaluations between 1964 and 1973 when they were between the ages of 40 and 45 and which then followed them up between 1994 and 2007 has found that those people who had high cholesterol in their early 40s were more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Those with cholesterol levels between 249-500 mg were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop the condition while those with cholesterol levels of 221-248 mg were one-and-a-quarter times as likely. The study took into account the effects of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and late-life stroke.

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