Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Can Statins Reduce Risk of Memory Loss?

In Study, Statin Users Were Half as Likely to Develop Dementia. The same drugs that protect against heart attacks and strokes by lowering cholesterol may also protect against age-related memory loss and dementia. In a study that included about 1,700 elderly people, those who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were about half as likely to develop dementia over five years of follow-up as those who did not.

After adjusting for known risk factors for age-related mental decline, such as education level, smoking status, and history of stroke or diabetes, the researchers found that study participants that had used statins were about half as likely to show evidence of cognitive decline.

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