Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mid-Life Cholesterol Levels Not Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Mid-Life Cholesterol Levels Not Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Mid-Life Cholesterol Levels Not Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
Released: 11/2/2010 2:40 PM EDT
Embargo expired: 11/10/2010 4:00 PM EST
Source: American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Newswise — Contrary to earlier research, a new, long-term study suggests that cholesterol level in mid-life may not be linked to later development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the November 10, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. However, the results suggest that large decreases in cholesterol levels in old age could be a better predictor of developing the memory-robbing disease.

“While some studies suggest that cholesterol is a risk factor for dementia, others have not replicated this finding, so the possible association has been under debate,” said study author Michelle M. Mielke, PhD, with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

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