HealthWatch: Statins Linked To Reduced Risk For Alzheimers

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Doctors prescribe statins to help lower LDL Cholesterol, but the drugs might have an added benefit, reducing Alzheimer’s disease risk.

A study used Medicare data on nearly 400,000 statin users 65 or older who had no diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and used statins between 2006 and 2008. They found that those exposed to higher levels of statins were 10 percent less likely to have an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in each of the subsequent five years than those with lower statin exposure. The lead author said all brands of statins seem to have some risk reduction.

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