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Statins reduce memory loss

People taking cholesterol reducing statins are less likely to suffer from memory loss and dementia, according to new research.

Statins are a class of drugs that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver. Statins are used to lower cholesterol levels in people with or at risk of cardiovascular disease.

The statins study

Researchers studied 1,674 people aged over 60 years old who had metabolic conditions that put them at high risk for developing dementia, Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairment.

High cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and being overweight are some risk factors for memory loss.

Those who took statins for about 5-7 years, had a lower risk of dementia and memory loss. Taking statins can reduce the risk of memory loss by half.

Lead researcher Dr Haan said that statins were not used as a treatment for existing dementia but only as a way of preventing it.


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