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Lovastatin Shown To Slow Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease

This is a classic example of the Alzheimer’s CareGiver conundrum. I switched my mother from Lovastatin to Zocor after reading a similar article pointing out the benefits of statins.

I’ll put the article up on Zocor soon. Zocor did improve her cholesterol numbers.

High cholesterol levels are considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease including stroke. Therefore, many cholesterol lowering drugs have been developed by pharmaceutical companies in recent years. One class of these drugs, statins, has been found to reduce the incidence of stroke and progression of Alzheimer’s disease when prophylactically administered.

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Amalia Dolga and co-workers from the University of Groningen show that the statin lovastatin, in addition to lowering cholesterol, can also prevent nerve cells from dying in conditions that occur in Alzheimer’s disease

Amalia Dolga found that statins stimulate nerve cells to produce a specific receptor molecule for a protein which plays a central role in the body’s immune response:

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

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Lovastatin Shown To Slow Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease

This is a classic example of the Alzheimer’s CareGiver conundrum. I switched my mother from Lovastatin to Zocor after reading a similar article pointing out the benefits of statins.

I’ll put the article up on Zocor soon. Zocor did improve her cholesterol numbers.

High cholesterol levels are considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease including stroke. Therefore, many cholesterol lowering drugs have been developed by pharmaceutical companies in recent years. One class of these drugs, statins, has been found to reduce the incidence of stroke and progression of Alzheimer’s disease when prophylactically administered.

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Amalia Dolga and co-workers from the University of Groningen show that the statin lovastatin, in addition to lowering cholesterol, can also prevent nerve cells from dying in conditions that occur in Alzheimer’s disease

Amalia Dolga found that statins stimulate nerve cells to produce a specific receptor molecule for a protein which plays a central role in the body’s immune response:

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

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Diabetes in Middle Age Raises Alzheimer’s Risk

This a lengthy article. Follow the link for more information.

Men who develop diabetes in middle age may be at greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a Swedish study finds.

“Our results have important public health implications given the increasing numbers of people developing diabetes and the need for more powerful interventions,” study author Dr. Elina Ronnemaa, of Uppsala University, said in a statement.

The study found that the men with low insulin levels at age 50 were nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men who didn’t have insulin problems. The risk of Alzheimer’s increased, regardless of blood pressure, cholesterol, body-mass index and education.

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Diabetes in Middle Age Raises Alzheimer’s Risk

This a lengthy article. Follow the link for more information.

Men who develop diabetes in middle age may be at greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a Swedish study finds.

“Our results have important public health implications given the increasing numbers of people developing diabetes and the need for more powerful interventions,” study author Dr. Elina Ronnemaa, of Uppsala University, said in a statement.

The study found that the men with low insulin levels at age 50 were nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men who didn’t have insulin problems. The risk of Alzheimer’s increased, regardless of blood pressure, cholesterol, body-mass index and education.

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Dying 47-Year-Old Professor Gives Exuberant ‘Last Lecture’

Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

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The Last Lecture

 

Anti-psychotics may speed Alzheimer’s decline

Anti-psychotic drugs frequently used in nursing homes to treat aggression in Alzheimer’s patients don’t provide any benefit and seem to lead to a marked decline in verbal ability, a report says

Read the article at USA Today Electronic Edition.

 
 
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