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Risk of Alzheimer’s linked to cholesterol, blood sugar levels at age 35

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  • They found that low high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol), high triglycerides, and blood glucose levels from age 35 are associated with increased Alzheimer’s risk.
  • The authors conclude that early intervention to maintain healthy HDL, triglyceride, and glucose levels may lower Alzheimer’s risk.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the fifth leading causeTrusted Source

of death among Americans age 65 and older. There are no proven ways to prevent or slow cognitive decline caused by AD.

Studies show that while vascular risk burden from age 55 predicts AD, whether or not this link is present in younger individuals is unknown.

Knowing how early this link begins could help researchers understand more about AD as a life-course disease.

Recently, researchers from Boston University investigated the relationship between AD and vascular measures using longitudinal data.

They found that low HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and high glucose levels in the blood from age 35 are linked to AD later in life.

The study appears in the journal Alzheimer’s and DementiaTrusted Source

.“Many people know high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and other health conditions, but they don’t realize it’s a risk factor for dementia too,” Dr. Katy Bray, public engagement manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, who was not involved in the study, told Medical News Today.


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