Study suggests cholesterol and Alzheimer’s may be linked


December 28, 2010

A recent study by Columbia University suggests that an active lifestyle coupled with heart-healthy foods that are low in cholesterol could prove invaluable in preventing the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease in elderly patients, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Alzheimer's now afflicts more than 5 million people in the United States alone, according to the American Alzheimer's Association. The Columbia University study used a sample of more than one thousand adults with normal brain function and monitored their cholesterol levels throughout the course of the experiment.

The results found that patients with higher levels of HDL cholesterol, which is produced naturally by exercising and in foods such as fish or nuts, were at a low risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Patients who had higher levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, did not have a noticeable increase in Alzheimer's risk but were subject to other risk factors and were prescribed with medications to lower their levels accordingly.

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