Statins 'may prevent Alzheimer's'

Taking statins could help to protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to Dutch research.

Cholesterol-loweing drug (Photograph: JAMES KING-HOLMES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY)
Cholesterol-loweing drug (Photograph: JAMES KING-HOLMES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY)

High cholesterol levels are considered to be a risk factor not only for cardiovascular disease but also for the development of Alzheimer's.

Lead researcher Dr Amalia Dolga, from the University of Groningen, found that treatment with lovastatin could prevent the death of brain nerve cells in a series of animal experiments.

In addition to preventing cells from dying, the use of statins also prevented the loss of memory capacity that normally occurs after such cell death.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com


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