‘Good’ cholesterol may decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

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A study found that high-density lipoproteins (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, may help decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.


(Jessica Norris/ Medical News Today) — Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating condition that primarily affects older adults. People who have it can become forgetful and become unable to carry out tasks of daily living. Currently, the disorder has no cure. Researchers are still trying to understand how the disease develops, how to prevent it, and how to best treat it.

A recent study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association offers new insight. Researchers studied the connection between small HDLs or “good” cholesterol in the cerebrospinal fluid and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The results suggest that higher levels of small HDL were associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Cholesterol is a substance that your body needs. For example, the body uses cholesterol to make certain hormones, properly digest food, and make new cells. The body makes cholesterol, but people can also get it from food sources. (…)

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