Fluctuating levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
- A new study suggests that older adults with fluctuating levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias compared to those with stable levels.
- The research, published in the journal Neurology, examined data from nearly 12,000 adults aged 60 or older without a prior dementia diagnosis. Participants with the greatest variability in total cholesterol had a 19% higher risk of dementia, while those with the most variation in triglyceride levels had a 23% greater likelihood. However, fluctuations in HDL and LDL cholesterol did not show a significant link to dementia risk.
- The study highlights the potential importance of identifying individuals at higher risk through routine screenings and understanding the mechanisms behind lipid level changes.
- Further research is needed to confirm the findings and explore preventive strategies.