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Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Unclear: There were some early data suggesting that statins lower the risk of developing alzheimer's type dementia but trials of them have not born out the early suggestive studies. So far, it appears that they do not.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Controversial: Alzheimers disease affect at the same age of pats. With atherosclerosis. There is a dementia called multi infarct dementia that presents clinically indistinguishable from alzheimer's and is related to strokes associated to atherosclerosis and hypertension. Lowering cholesterol levels or preventing atherosclerosis (with statins) in theory prevents multi infarct dementia. Not aware of direct effect.

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