A recent study found that people with higher levels of HDL, what’s known as the beneficial or good cholesterol, also had a lower risk of having Alzheimers disease. HDL, high density lipoprotein, is the type of cholesterol that helps clear away the LDL cholesterol, known to cause narrowing of the arteries and clots. HDL can be increased by increasing exercise and from some medications such as Niacin.
People who lose weight, also typically will see a lowering of their LDL and an increase in HDL. Eating healthier and exercising more not only can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, it can also reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimers.
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimers. While people who have a family history are at a higher risk, perhaps a healthier lifestyle can help prevent the development of dementia and Alzheimers. It’s worth a try.
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