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The FDA recently announced increased safety warnings for those taking cholesterol lowering drugs , saying that they can cause memory loss, confusion and an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes . Diabetes increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease . The new warnings are based on results from the latest clinical trials, plus adverse effects reported by patients, physicians and the drug companies.
Many of our aging parents are on a statin drug to control cholesterol . Keeping low density cholesterol (LDL) under control is thought to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are generally effective in lowering cholesterol.
It was first thought that the main risk for those who took statins was liver damage, so blood work was needed on a regular basis to check for liver problems. Now, that seems to be less of a worry. However, these new warnings are a big concern for people keeping an eye on a loved one at risk for dementia.
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What's better than a sale at Walmart? I'll tell you-a well done research project on learning and memory which has promising results for diabetics! Having vascular dementia, I am forever struggling with my short term memory. I am also diabetic , which doesn't help. So, when I found this research report, I was elated. There is hope for diabetics and dementia. It may not occur in my lifetime, but at least the National Institute on Aging is on the right path. Nature Neuroscience , Feb. 17, 2008, reported on a study performed by the National Institute on Aging. The researchers tested the cognitive abilities and examined the brain tissue in animal models of rats with Type 1 diabetes and mice with Type 2 diabetes. They discovered that elevated cortisol levels caused learning and memory deficits in both models. When the cortisol levels (low due to impaired elasticity and declining new cell growth) were restored to normal levels, learning and memory was restored. Mention wa...
A new study published online today in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia proves very interesting to me. Because I have vascular dementia , I am interested in anything to do with the subject. However, having been a teacher for 34 years and having lots of schooling behind me, I know the importance of looking at any study very closely. The study mentioned above is probably valid, but I wonder just how earth shattering its findings really are? In the long run, the study's findings don't seem to be anything we didn't already know. The researchers see "the accumulated effects of better education and better cardiovascular prevention among people who were over age 70 in 2002, compared with those who were over age 70 in 1993." This, they say, is contributing to less memory loss and dementia in the elderly. The study also cites that there was a higher percentage of people graduating from high school. My thoughts are that this might be true, but how good was ...
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