Wednesday, December 1, 2010
High cholesterol may lead to Alzheimers disease
Regular consumption of a high fat cholesterol diet might lead to Azlheimers. Alzheimers starts 20-30 years before the 1st symptoms start showing and recent studies show that high cholesterol levels are linked to the pathology of this disease. This study uses adult rats which were fed a normal diet and another group with a special cholesterol enriched diet. After a 5 month study rats with the special diet showed memory impairment, cholinergic dysfunction, induced microbleedings, all which resemble Alzheimers disease. Data shows that high fat lipids, including cholesterol may be an active participate in Alzheimers. Since Alzheimers is a complex disease, this data does not conclude cholesterol to be alone responsible for the disease.