Yet another study looking at the importance of monitoring cholesterol and keeping it at the proper levels. Cholesterol is important to monitor and to look at and evaluate. According to a report from the journal of the American Heart Association, people who have lower levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, have a higher risk for memory problems than those with higher levels of HDL. The information was based on a study of 3,700 adults. The scientists tested the participants 15 to 17 years ago and then a second time between 2002 and 2004. They found that those whose HDL levels went down between the two tests had a 61% higher risk for memory problems than those with high HDL levels. This is not an all or nothing study, but it shows that there's a relationship. We're learning more and more about the link between high cholesterol, heart disease and vascular problems, and dementia. Clearly, it's something that we cannot ignore. We have to look at it, understand it, and learn more as time goes on.
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