High cholesterol levels 'may lead to Alzheimer's'

Posted on 13 September 2011

High levels of cholesterol have been linked to Alzheimer's disease in a new study, providing another reason for people paying for care to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The research, published in journal Neurology, discovered that individuals containing higher levels of fatty acids such as cholesterol were more likely to have amyloid plaques in their brain - a hallmark of Alzheimer's.

However, cholesterol levels were not found to be linked to levels of tau protein, which is another characteristic of the neurodegenerative condition.

Dr Anne Corbett, research manager at the Alzheimer's Society, commented: "One in three people over 65 will die with dementia but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. People should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, not smoke and get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked."

This follows revelations from the World Alzheimer's Report 2011, which revealed that up to 27 million individuals worldwide could be living with undiagnosed dementia.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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