‘Good Cholesterol’ linked to Alzheimer’s disease

July 1st, 2008 - 3:56 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Middle-aged people with “good cholesterol” can be at higher risk for memory declining that could foreshadow Alzheimer’s disease , European researchers said.

The study, involves about 3,700 British men and women, found that falling levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol were linked to declining memory by age 60.

“Considering the way the population is aging — the 65-plus age group being the fastest-growing age group — we are facing a dementia time bomb,” said Archana Singh-Manoux of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research and the University College London, who led the study.

Singh-Manoux said she hoped the findings will focus attention on the possible role of higher levels of HDL cholesterol in protecting against memory loss.

The researchers looked at blood cholesterol readings and the results of a simple memory test collected when the people in the study were on average 55 years old and then again when they were on average 60.

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