We have all heard of suggestions for preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s disease (AD) including physical exercise and crossword puzzles. Now we know that statins, which are used for treating high cholesterol levels, may prevent AD.
Multiple studies have showed that statin use was associated with a slightly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s or any type of dementia than not using statins.
Bottom Line: Currently, there’s not enough solid evidence to recommend taking statins to prevent dementia. In the meantime, however, if your doctor has prescribed a statin to lower your cholesterol, know that when you take your daily pill you may be protecting your brain as well as your heart.