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Alzheimer's Study Finds HDL Good for Your Brain

High levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol are already known to be good for your heart. New research shows it might also be good for your brain.

A study found that people over 65 who had the highest levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) were 60 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease over the course of four years. This could point to a means of preventing Alzheimer's, an incurable brain-wasting disease.

Reuters reports:

“... [A]n HDL reading of 55 or greater is achievable by changing diets and exercising. Some doctors also prescribe niacin, a B vitamin that can boost heart-protective HDL 25 percent, but this is not widely used because it causes uncomfortable facial flushing.”

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