Tag: "dementia"

The Link Between Statins And Impaired Brain Function

| September 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

My blog last week focused on the potential impact statins have on the development or symptoms of dementia and impaired brain function. Interest in this area is part of the growing recognition that statins have the ability to affect brain functioning. As I mentioned last week, even the Food and Drugs Administration in the US […]

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Studies Show Statins Do Not Improve The Symptoms Of Dementia

| September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Last month I noticed several reports in the news about a study concerning the relationship between statins and dementia. The study, presented at a cardiology conference in Amsterdam, found that statin use was associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. I saw a cardiologist comment on the study on the TV. He talked […]

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Statins Linked To Impaired Brain Function

| January 31, 2013 | Comments (1)

The number of people with Alzheimer’s, and dementia in general, is steadily increasing. This appears to be partly due to the fact that people are living longer in some populations, but it doesn’t totally account for the high numbers developing the disease. Conventional medications don’t work particularly well for this condition, and some researchers have […]

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Cholesterol: Lower Is Not Always Better

| December 27, 2012 | Comments (2)

When we hear the word ‘cholesterol’ it’s easy to imagine this fat-like substance whooshing around in the bloodstream and perhaps contributing to the build-up of ‘atherosclerotic plaque’ on the inside of artery walls. However, we should perhaps not forget that this substance is an essential body constituent and, for example, is a basic building block within […]

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How Statins Affect Brain Function

| August 30, 2012 | Comments (22)

While some doctors and researchers seem keen to downplay the potential hazards of statins, their use is linked with a range of unwanted effects including muscle weakness, muscle pain, liver damage and kidney damage. These are all well-recognised side-effects from this form of medication. However, there is also some thought that statins can affect brain […]

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Cholesterol Plays A Critical Role In Brain Function

| February 24, 2012 | Comments (1)

Cholesterol is a substance that is generally painted as black by the medical and scientific communities, but the fact remains it is a substance that is innate to the body and forms a critical part of, among other things, key hormones, vitamin D and cell membranes. It’s also very concentrated in the brain, where it […]

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Are Statins Behind Your Memory Loss?

| January 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

As people age, they can find themselves becoming increasingly forgetful and struggling with memory loss. Some will end up being affected by Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. I often find that my patients believe that there is quite a lot they can do to maintain and even improve the functioning of their […]

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Could Low Cholesterol Cause Dementia?

| April 11, 2011 | Comments (15)

Many people believe that memory loss is an inevitable part of the ageing process that they’re powerless to prevent, and that their chances of developing dementia is a bit like playing Russian roulette… it essentially all comes down to luck or fate. But nothing could be further from the truth… It’s well established that diet […]

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