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Statins help reduce risk of dementia

  • Published at 09:15 am October 11th, 2013

Statin is very commonly prescribed drug for lowering blood cholesterol or lipid level for preventing heart attacks and strokes, has recently been shown to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (disease of forgetfulness).

A study of nearly 58,000 patients in Taiwan found that patients on high dose high potency statins, such as Atoravastatins and Rosuvastatins, had cut off the risk of developing dementia compared to those who were not on the drugs. Sample patients had no history of dementia and were tracked for five years.

Researchers also said, higher doses of high potency statins gave the strongest protective effects against dementia. Leading cardiologists have suggested that all over 50 years of age should take statins with the consent of physicians because they are very effective at reducing cholesterols and cutting the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Statins also have anti inflammatory and bone strengthening functions as well. 

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