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If you think getting Alzheimer’s disease is a just a consequence of bad genes or bad luck, think again. Researchers suggest you could have some control over your getting the disease.
A UC Davis study revealed that healthy cholesterol levels not only keep your heart healthy, but your brain too. It is the first study to specifically link cholesterol to amyloid plaques in the brain of living human participants. Deposits of amyloid plaque (detected by a brain scan) are indicative of Alzheimer’s disease.
A new study revealed that high cholesterol and high blood pressure are not only risk factors for heart disease, but for early memory loss as well. Cardiovascular risk and cognitive function were tested in nearly 5,000 men and women over age 55.
The researchers studied participants for 10 years and found those with a ten percent higher risk of cardiovascular problems also scored poorly on cognitive tests. The tests measured reasoning, memory, fluency, and vocabulary and the results were then compared to their Framingham risk score. Continue reading “New Risk Factors for Memory Loss”→