Low LDL cholesterol levels may reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease
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Patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease are recommended to reduce their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels to less than 2.6mmol/L, while those at very high risk are advised to reduce levels to less than 1.8mmol/L.
However, cholesterol is a major constituent of the brain, especially the myelin encircling neurons. Some research suggests that the risk of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, increases in people treated with cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins.
This article suggests that such research may suggest an increased risk because people change their lifestyle after neurological problems develop so that a decrease in LDL levels is a result, not a cause, of neurological changes.
The authors studied people with a genetic predisposition to low cholesterol to see if they had higher...
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