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Cholesterol linked with dementia

Not only is high cholesterol bad for your health, but it is bad for your mind!

A new study has shown that even relatively high cholesterol levels in your 40s can significantly increase the risk of developing dementia.

I thought this study gives us another reason to know and track our cholesterol numbers.

Video: Interview with lead researcher Dr. Alina Solomon

The author of the study, Dr Alina Solomon from Finland discusses her findings linking cholesterol to dementia. In the first half of the video she describes the study, but I found more value in the second half where she discusses the affect of very high cholesterol levels of 500 milligrams on health (about 1.42 secs into the video).

The study …

Researchers tracked 9,844 people for 40 years. The study began during the 1960’s and 1970’s when the participants were aged 40-45 years. Their cholesterol levels were assessed at the beginning and end of the study.

By the end of the study 596 people had developed either Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, when they were in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

High levels of total cholesterol (over 240) at the beginning of the study was associated with a 66% increase in Alzheimer’s risk. Having borderline high cholesterol (200-239) raised the risk for dementia by 52%.

The researchers concluded that people with high or even borderline high total cholesterol in their 40s had a significantly increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia years later. The research was published in the journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.

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