A report from Sweden shows that statin drugs that are commonly used to help prevent heart attacks may also help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of senility in which a person loses his ability to think and reason. It can cause extreme loss of mental function in which a person cannot recognize his loved ones or know who he is. Every factor that increases a person's chances for developing a heart attack also increases risk for Alzheimer's disease: high blood pressure and cholesterol, eating too much saturated fat, eating too few vegetables, lack of exercise, and so forth. Almost everything that helps prevent heart attacks, also helps prevent Alzheimer's disease. The statin drugs used to treat high cholesterol may help to prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease by increasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation, independent of their cholesterol-lowering actions. See report #G101.

Statins in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer disease. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 2002, Vol 16, Iss 3, pp 131-136. M Crisby, LA Carlson, B Winblad. Crisby M, Huddinge Univ Hosp, Karolinska Inst, Neurotec Div Geriatr Med, Alzheimer Dis Res Ctr, S-14186 Stockholm, SWEDEN

Checked 8/9/05

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