An article in the British medical journal, Lancet, shows that drugs used to lower cholesterol also help prevent Alzheimer's disease, or loss of mental function usually with aging. Medical journals are full of articles about intricate and obscure causes of senility while the best study yet on the subject, the Kentucky Nuns Study, shows that Alzheimer's disease is most likely caused by mini strokes and anything that helps prevent mini-strokes, also helps prevent Alzheimer's disease.

This study showed that Lipitor, Zocor, Baycol, Lescol, Mevacor and other statin drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol also prevent strokes and Alzheimer's 's disease (Note: Baycol has been removed from the US market). So if you are terrified of becoming senile, get into a regular exercise program, do not smoke, avoid overweight and high blood pressure; eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and other seeds; and restrict pasta, bakery products, meat, chicken, high fat dairy products. If your cholesterol is high, talk with your doctor about drugs to lower cholesterol. All of these strategies may help to prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease.

Lancet, November 11, 2000

Reported 11/14/00; checked 8/9/05

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