Low Levels Of Good Cholesterol Increase Risk Of Dementia

July 1, 2008

A new study has shown that having low levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), also known as good cholesterol, kead to an increased risk of memory loss and dementia for middle-aged people...Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that having low levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), also known as good cholesterol, kead to an increased risk of memory loss and dementia for middle-aged people.

The author of the study, Archana Singh-Manoux of the French Institute for Health and Medical Research in Paris, as well as the University College London in England, led a team of researchers who looked at data from over 3,500 patients.

For the study, a low HDL was less than 40 mg/dl, and high was 60 mg/dl or above.

They found after reviewing all of that data that those with low levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, had an increased risk for memory loss or dementia.

Those with an age of 55 and low good cholesterol levels resulted in a 27% increased risk of memory loss. People who were 60-years old had a 53% increased risk.

The findings have been reported in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.


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