Could Statins Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
Doctors usually prescribe statins such as Lipitor and Crestor to help lower cholesterol, but according to a study published in the journal JAMA Neurology Regular and reported on CNN.com, use of statins is linked with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's.
According to CNN, “Statins are a class of drugs used to reduce low-density lipoprotein, LDL cholesterol, within the body. The drug works by inhibiting the enzyme involved in the body's ability to produce LDL cholesterol.”
However, studies have shown that statins have different effects on men and women, as well as different races of users."Julie Zissimopoulos, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy and lead author of the study, says, "We found risk reduction was slightly higher for women compared to men. So for women, the risk reduction and the onset of Alzheimer's was 15%. For men, it was 12%."