Recent Study Revealed that Increased Levels of Good Fats May Lessen the Risk of Alzheimer’s

By on Dec 15, 2010 in Health, Science Comments

December 15, 2010 – As reported by the December issue of the Archives of Neurology, a recent study revealed that increased levels of good fats or High Density Lipoprotein, HDL cholesterol may lessen the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This study was spearheaded by Christiane Reitz, M.D., Ph.D. at the Taub Institute of Columbia University, New York.

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The study was conducted by the group by setting up first want is considered as a high concentration of  the good cholesterol or HDL. This was set at values higher than 55 mg/dL.

Their respondents were 1, 130 adults wherein those with higher levels of HDL cholesterol or good fats have lesser risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. HDL usually come from fish and vegetable fats, while LDL comes from meat fats.

There were other factors that could have contributed to the Alzheimer’s, and the results of the study were from older respondents only, which did not include the younger adults, so generalizations cannot be made.

The study was prompted because of the fact that more than fifty percent of adult Americans have high bad cholesterol, which is Low Density Lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. These two blood substances increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and as seen in this study, may also be related to a propensity for Alzheimer’s.

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