Statins may delay effects of Alzheimer’s -study

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, French scientists said on Thursday.

In a three-year study involving 342 Alzheimer’s patients, they found that the illness did not develop as quickly in sufferers with high cholesterol levels who were given statins as in patients not taking the drugs.

Professor Florence Pasquier, of the University Hospital in Lille, France, said the drugs “may slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease and have a neuroprotective effect.”

Nearly 130 patients in the study had high cholesterol levels. About half were given statins while the remainder did not receive any treatment.

The findings, which are reported in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, support the results of other human and animal studies which have suggested that high cholesterol levels may play a role in the progression of Alzheimer’s.

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 0 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Nov 2005
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
, . (2005). Statins may delay effects of Alzheimer’s -study. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 29, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2005/11/17/statins-may-delay-effects-of-alzheimers-study/

 

Recent Comments
  • RepressedMem: Diane, I am so with you, even though the genders are reversed but the actions are identical except that...
  • joe blow: whats do you do when not even god steps in to help
  • joe blow: I’ve been depressed since I was 5. No one wanted me, no one cared (except my mother), and I was the...
  • Edith: My comment is from personal experience. I believe that not everyone knows how to love. My own 80y/o mother has...
  • ADHD Dad: i bristle a little when I think of the ‘Disorder’ element of ADHD. I have 2 (of 3) children...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 6073
Join Us Now!