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High 'good' and low 'bad' cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain too!

02 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Researchers have said that high levels of "good" cholesterol and low levels of "bad" cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain - a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Lead study author Bruce Reed, associate director of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, said that their study shows that both higher levels of HDL - good - and lower levels of LDL - bad - cholesterol in the bloodstream are associated with lower levels of amyloid plaque deposits in the brain.

He said that unhealthy patterns of cholesterol could be directly causing the higher levels of amyloid known to contribute to Alzheimer's, in the same way that such patterns promote heart disease.

The study was conducted in 74 diverse male and female individuals 70 years and older who were recruited from California stroke clinics, support groups, senior facilities and the Alzheimer's Disease Center. They included three individuals with mild dementia, 33 who were cognitively normal and 38 who had mild cognitive impairment.

The study has been published online in JAMA Neurology.

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