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New Study Finds That HDL Or "Good" Cholesterol Could Be Linked to Dementia.

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A new study has found that high or low levels of HDL cholesterol may be linked to an increased risk of dementia.

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The study found that people with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol had a 15% higher risk of dementia, and people with the lowest levels had a 7% higher risk, compared to those with mid-range levels.

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HDL cholesterol is often referred to as "good" cholesterol because it helps to remove LDL cholesterol, or "bad" cholesterol, from the bloodstream.

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Dementia is a decline in cognitive function that can interfere with daily life. There is no cure for dementia, but early diagnosis and treatment can help to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

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There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia, including eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and staying mentally active.

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If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe medication to help lower your levels.

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Talk to your doctor about your risk of dementia and what you can do to reduce it.

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If you or someone you know has dementia, there are resources available to help. Visit the Alzheimer's Association website for more information.