Suck the water out of brain tissue and what you’re left with is mainly fat. The brain is also very high in cholesterol. This substance actually plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain. Just these very facts alone might cause us to be wary about driving cholesterol to ever-lower levels as is the vogue. Is it possible that in doing so we jeopardise the brain’s functioning?
It is certainly true that some people who take statins report negative effects on their brain function. Problems with memory and concentration are not uncommon. It’s not assured, of course, that the problems these people experience are a direct consequence of lowered cholesterol levels in the body. However, the possibility still exists. Some supportive evidence for this notion comes in the form of a study, in which researchers compared cholesterol levels in people at various stages of Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia) with those in individuals not suffering from the condition . What they found, in essence, is that those with Alzheimer’s disease had significantly lower levels of total cholesterol as well as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Also, those with late stage Alzheimer’s disease had lower cholesterol levels compared with those with less advanced forms of the disease.
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