A new study has for the first time drawn links between LDL cholesterol and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. LDL is the type of cholesterol commonly referred to as the ‘bad’ type, which poses significant risks of heart disease and stroke in those with the highest levels.
In addition, the authors of the study also advised that a person should make every effort to increase the level of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol in their bodies, as doing so has the potential to benefit body and brain alike.
The research was carried out at the University of California and reached the conclusion that higher levels of LDL cholesterol were linked with higher levels of amyloid plaque in the brain – something that’s known to be a trigger or symptom of Alzheimer’s.
“Our study shows that both higher levels of HDL and lower levels of LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream are associated with lower levels of amyloid plaque deposits in the brain,” wrote Bruce Reed, the study’s lead author and UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center associate director.
The results of the study have now been published in the journal JAMA Neurology.