Statins may impact Alzheimer's patients

September 5, 2007

Researchers have found that patients that used statin drugs had fewer signs associated with Alzheimer's disease. Statins may impact Alzheimer's patients

Researchers examining the brains of elderly patients who had taken cholesterol-lowering statins found that they had fewer twisted nerve cell fibers associated with Alzheimer's disease. While the incidence of dementia among the statin users did not differ from that of the non-users, the study also found that statin users had fewer dead or dying nerve sells called amyloid plaques that are associated with Alzheimer's. The study was published in the Aug. 28 issue of Neurology and examined the brains of 110 men and women aged between 65 and 79. The study is the first to show any relationship between the use of statin drugs and brain pathology.

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