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Lipitor May Be Good For Alzheimer's

Researchers reporting in the Nov 10, 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association report that elderly individuals with the metabolic syndrome have more memory problems and more decline in mental function than those who do not. The metabolic syndrome is characterized by a combination of a big round abdomen, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels. It is likely to cause heart trouble. Now the metabolic syndrome can rob you of your memories, too.

The cholesterol-lowering drug, Lipitor, may be good for the brain. The latest research suggests that high doses of Lipitor can slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
The link apparently is cholesterol, which fuels the formation of plaque, the clumps and tangles of protein that are found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients. The point is that lower cholesterol levels stabilize Alzheimer's Disease by lowering beta-amyloid which is the sticky substance responsible for plaque formation.
According to the lead researcher, Dr. Sparks, “At minimum, Lipitor delays entrance to nursing homes; at best, it improves the quality of a patient's life."

Here are the statistics:
After 3 months, 53% of the Alzheimer's disease patients taking Lipitor stabilized or improved, compared with 28% of patients taking a placebo. Because Lipitor does not cross the blood/ brain barrier, the improvements must be related to a decrease in cholesterol levels in the blood. Therefore once again the premise is proven: heart smart and brain smart are linked.
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, and a personal trainer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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