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Low Levels Of Good Cholesterol Linked To Memory Loss, Dementia Risk
Science Daily ^ | 7-1-2008 | American Heart Association.

Posted on 06/30/2008 10:06:33 PM PDT by blam

Low Levels Of Good Cholesterol Linked To Memory Loss, Dementia Risk

ScienceDaily (July 1, 2008) — Low levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) -- the "good" cholesterol -- in middle age may increase the risk of memory loss and lead to dementia later in life, researchers reported in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Observing 3,673 participants (26.8 percent women) from the Whitehall II study, researchers found that falling levels of HDL cholesterol were predictors of declining memory by age 60. Whitehall II, which began in 1985, is long-term health examination of more than 10,000 British civil servants working in London.

"Memory problems are key in the diagnosis of dementia," said Archana Singh-Manoux, Ph.D., lead author of the study and Senior Research Fellow with the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM, France) and the University College London in England. "We found that a low level of HDL may be a risk factor for memory loss in late midlife. This suggests that low HDL cholesterol might also be a risk factor for dementia."

Researchers defined low HDL as less than 40 mg/dL and high HDL as 60 mg/dL or higher. The team compared blood-fat and memory data collected in phases 5 (1995?) and 7 (2002?) of Whitehall II, when the average ages of the study members were 55 and 61 years, respectively.

Researchers measured lipid concentrations in blood samples collected after an eight-hour fast, or at least four hours after a light, fat-free breakfast. They assessed short-term verbal memory using 20 one- or two-syllable words read aloud at two-second intervals. Study participants then had two minutes to write down as many of the words as they could remember.

Their main findings are:

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: cholesterol; dementia; hdl; memory

1 posted on 06/30/2008 10:06:33 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Motivation to eat a steak before “going on stage.”


2 posted on 06/30/2008 10:16:56 PM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: blam

Get your exercise and take your molecularly-distilled fish oil, folks...


3 posted on 06/30/2008 10:18:33 PM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: CaspersGh0sts
"Get your exercise and take your molecularly-distilled fish oil, folks..."

And, vitamin D. (I eat a lot of tuna)

4 posted on 06/30/2008 10:20:13 PM PDT by blam
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To: Ben Chad

Eating a steak....far more likely to raise LDL levels than HDL levels.

Not that I’m one of these who says you should never eat steak.


5 posted on 06/30/2008 10:23:48 PM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: blam

Save a nation, eat a liberal.


6 posted on 06/30/2008 10:30:20 PM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: shove_it

p.s. They taste like chiken.


7 posted on 06/30/2008 10:33:04 PM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: blam

I know I clicked on this for a reason. What is this thread about?


8 posted on 06/30/2008 10:41:05 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: blam

Any good foods to raise HDL?


9 posted on 07/01/2008 1:51:21 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
"....Any good foods to raise HDL?...."

Daily dose of Omega 3 fish oil (6 caps), red yeast rice, niacin. Eat eggs.

Been on this regimen for 3 years; lowered my overall cholesterol from 248 to 176 and raised my HDL from 48 to 77.

My cardiologist is amazed and thrilled.

10 posted on 07/01/2008 3:49:14 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Drink more beer........


11 posted on 07/01/2008 4:05:00 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: Victor

What brand of Omega-3 fish oil do you take? I’m having trouble finding a brand that my system can tolerate, so I end up giving the rest of the capsules to the dog.

My doctor put me on red yeast rice about 6 months ago and I have seen a drop in my total cholestrol (from 295 to 253).

Thanks, LSA


12 posted on 07/01/2008 4:39:43 AM PDT by LSAggie
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To: LSAggie

I take “Barleans” Omega-3 fish oil - it’s pharmaceutical grade. They have a version for 50+ with a different ratio of EPA and DHA. Good pricing at “luckyvitamin.com”


13 posted on 07/01/2008 4:44:36 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: newfreep; LSAggie

That’s a great website—fantastic prices! Our family takes the Nordic Naturals brand—I never burp up anything with their formulation. LSA, make sure you take the fish oil before a meal and that should help with the aftertaste issues.


14 posted on 07/01/2008 8:03:37 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: Victor

I’ve been taking a time released niacin pill for several months....hasn’t done a damn thing. I’ll try the Omega...thanks!


15 posted on 07/01/2008 11:06:00 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: LSAggie

I use Costco’s house brand....works well, no additives. I used to buy Rescue by N3inc online....very expensive and I don’t think it’s worth the money. It’s the combination of fish oil, niacin, and red yeast rice that does the trick- you need to take all 3 and watch your cholesterol drop bigtime.


16 posted on 07/01/2008 5:34:54 PM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

You need the combination of niacin, fish oil, and red yeast rice. It works, it will lower your cholesterol and raise your good HDL levels.


17 posted on 07/01/2008 5:39:31 PM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

18 posted on 07/01/2008 5:44:20 PM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: Victor

How much niacin and red yeast rice do you take? Do you get liver enzymes tested (as the rice has statin compounds)?


19 posted on 07/02/2008 9:25:05 AM PDT by heartwood
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"....How much niacin and red yeast rice do you take? Do you get liver enzymes tested (as the rice has statin compounds)?...."

AM: 3 caps of fish oil, 1 cap red yeast rice (600mg I think) and 1 tab regular niacin (500 mg., not the no-flush).

PM: 3 caps fish oil, 1 cap red yeast rice, 1 tab niacin.

Liver enzymes are fine; have been since I started 3 years ago.

20 posted on 07/02/2008 11:39:06 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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