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ElderLaw News is a weekly e-newsletter that brings you reports of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm, P.C., William S. Fralin, Esq., President., William S. Fralin, Esq., President.

The Link between Alzheimer’s and Cholesterol Levels

New information is being revealed almost weekly, it seems, about a particular activity warding off Alzheimer’s or minimizing its risk.

Well, here is another piece of the puzzle – it appears that certain cholesterol levels are not only good for one’s heart, but for one’s brain as well. New research from the University of California, Davis is showing a link between the two. According to Dr. Bruce Reed at UC-Davis, “Unhealthy patterns of cholesterol could be directly causing higher levels of amyloid known to contribute to Alzheimer’s, in the same way that such patterns promote heart disease.” Dr. Reed’s team used Pittsburgh Compound B (known as PIB), a dye that can mark the accumulation of amyloid in the brain. Excess amyloid accumulation is widely believed to be a cause of Alzheimer’s. What they found was that the profile for causing heart disease – high levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and low levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) – was also responsible for higher levels of amyloid, the premise being that those who have high amyloid levels, even though they may not be displaying any symptoms at the time, are more at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

As a result of this information coupled with what is already known, the American Heart Association recommends that HDL and LDL cholesterol levels be kept to the following: HDL should be above 60 milligrams per deciliter of blood and LDL should be kept below 100 mg/dL. This it appears will benefit both the heart and the brain. Levels outside these ranges may be needed to be treated with statin drugs.

We are fortunate to be living in these times when researchers are learning so much about what contributes to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps soon, they will know enough to eradicate this disease that is afflicting so many people around the world, robbing them of their final years and all the pleasures those years have to offer.

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