Eating good cholesterol may reduce chance of Alzheimer’s


December 16, 2010

Experts have known that diet can affect the development of Alzheimer's disease for some time, but a new study conducted by Columbia University has revealed that eating the right kind of cholesterol can reduce the chance of developing the condition by up to 60 percent.

High-density lipoproteins (HDL), often known as good cholesterol, is the key to these findings. The researchers assessed 1,130 people, aged 65 and over, and discovered that those who had an HDL level of 65 or more were far less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's.

The discovery seemed to imply that what is good for the heart is good for the brain, according to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, CBS News Medical Correspondent. She said that there are a number of ways that one can boost their HDL levels without drastically altering a diet such as quitting cigarettes, using vegetable oil instead of butter and exercising.

Those who are concerned about memory loss may also want to invest in a medical alarm. This device can be used to remind users when it is time to take certain medications, so that they can stay as healthy as possible.