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Carlton Senior Living Blog | January 17, 2014 | By Jonita Dixon

Watching Your Cholesterol Levels Could Help You Prevent Alzheimer’s

senior-cholesterolLooks like high good cholesterol and low bad cholesterol can lower one’s chances of getting Alzheimer’s diseases and other dementia complications.

According to a recent research conducted by university of California Davis, high levels of good cholesterol and low levels of bad cholesterol one’s bloodstream are healthy. Researchers believe that the two cholesterol levels correlate well with low levels of deposits of amyloid plaque found in the brain that often mark the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The relationship between high good cholesterol and low bad cholesterol and their relation to keeping off Alzheimer’s is the same as the relationship between good and bad cholesterol and how they affect cardiovascular diseases.  The latest guidelines on living with Alzheimer’s suggest that high levels of good cholesterol, commonly referred to as HDL of 60 milligrams per deciliter of blood or higher.  70 milligrams per deciliter of blood are recommended for people with high risk levels of cardiovascular diseases.

Another latest guideline developed by the American College of Cardiology and others suggest abandoning LDL levels. However, UC Davis Alzheimer’s Center Associate Director and Author Bruce Reed suggest keeping LDL levels for the brain. In a news release, Reed was quoted saying, “This study provides a reason to go on with cholesterol treatment in people who are developing memory loss without taking into account their cardiovascular health.” The research also suggests a method of lowering amyloid levels in middle aged people when the buildup is starting.

Bruce Reeds further notes, “If altering cholesterol levels in the brain during early stages can reduce deposits of amyloid, we could make significant differences in reducing the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, a task that requires a lot of research and development.”