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Cholesterol-DementiaIf thereís one health issue people in mid-life start worrying about it would be high cholesterol.

I get pretty anxious just talking about it. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke Ė two major killers in the US. The American Heart Association recommends a cholesterol level of less than 200 for healthy adults. Thatís because levels over 240 can put you at twice the risk of coronary heart disease.

If that doesnít worry you enough, hereís something that might. New research now links high cholesterol and dementia.

Even borderline high cholesterol in mid-life can lead to increased risk of Alzheimers and vascular dementia later in life. Vascular dementia happens when blood flow to the brain is restricted due to narrowing of the arteries.

The link between cholesterol levels and dementia was established after reviewing a forty-year history of almost 10,000 people. It found people in their forties whose cholesterol was greater than 240 had a 66 percent increased risk for dementia later in life.

Even those whose cholesterol was moderately elevated between 200 and 240 had a 52 percent increased risk in later life.

Consider that nearly a third of all Americans have cholesterol levels above 200 and you can see the enormity of the problem. Luckily changing your diet and incorporating exercise can lower your risk for any of these cholesterol related diseases.

The irony is that our bodies make cholesterol to maintain our cell membranes and other essential functions. Itís just that our diet causes us to have more cholesterol than we need. For tips on adopting a healthier lifestyle, go to our website.

I could use those tips myself if I want my later years to be as golden as they can possibly be!

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What is Cholesterol?
American Heart association website that provides a broad overview of cholesterol and its effects on human health.
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Dementia
Broad coverage of the different types dementia, symptoms and disease states from a trusted medical source.
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