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Diabetes and high cholesterol 'linked to faster decline of Alzheimer's disease'

Diabetes and high cholesterol 'linked to faster decline of Alzheimer's disease'
12th March 2009

Diabetes and elevated levels of cholesterol have been further linked to the problems associated with Alzheimer's disease, it has been revealed.

Recent research by Columbia University Medical Center found that the role of vascular risk factors in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease are bigger than previously thought.

Yaakov Stern, the senior author of the paper and the director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center at the institution, highlighted the role these factors play in the degenerative disease.

He said: "These findings indicate that controlling vascular conditions may be one way to delay the course of Alzheimer's, which would be a major development in the treatment of this devastating disease as currently there are few treatments available to slow its progression."

Dr Stern added that preventing such things as heart disease, stroke and diabetes or at least treating them effectively could mean that Alzheimer's disease progression could genuinely slow down.

Earlier this week, it was revealed by Which? that brain training games on popular games consoles have no registered effect on the prevention of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease sufferers.

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