Research shows statin-drugs benefit Diabetic Alzheimers patients - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/27/09

Research shows statin-drugs benefit Diabetic Alzheimers patients

By Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - People diagnosed with diabetes are normally considered "at risk" for other medical conditions. But a new study shows the disease may be protective when it comes to Alzheimer's.

Researchers in France studied over 600 adults and found people with Alzheimer's who also had diabetes retained their memory longer than people with Alzheimer's alone. Researchers suspect diabetes has some protective effect against dementia because many with diabetes are also taking heart medication that has been shown to lower the risk for Alzheimer's.

This new study ties in with what Dr. Paula Grammas, Ph.D. from the Garrison Institute on Aging says during an interview on NewsChannel 11's HealthWise at Five Tuesday.

"There's more and more evidence that they're neuro-protective. That there are functions of statins that make the brain work better in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. There are also some clinical studies now looking at statins in stroke and multiple sclerosis. So, it's a whole new field for this drug that says in addition to its important role as a mechanism to lower cholesterol, it may also have a benefit directly in the brain," says Grammas

This is good news for the millions of Americans taking statin drugs, under brand names like Lipitor or Zocor, to reduce their cholesterol.

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