Stirring the Cholesterol Pot
High cholesterol may not predict stroke risk in women, say researchers in Denmark. According to the study findings, men with cholesterol almost twice the average level do experience an increase in stroke risk. The study findings, published in Annals of Neurology, suggest that using non-fasting triglycerides to measure stroke risk should be routine. The research included 13,951 men in women in the Copenhagen City Heart Study. The 33-year study reveals that non-fasting triglycerides may be a marker for "remnant cholesterol," left behind from production of other forms of cholesterol. "Our findings suggest that levels of non-fasting triglycerides should be included in stroke prevention guidelines...," concludes Dr. Marianne Benn from Copenhagen University Hospital.
Slim Down to Stay Sane
Having extra abdominal fat during middle age could put you at greater risk for developing dementia later, say researchers from Boston University School of Medicine. "Our findings, while preliminary, provide greater understanding of the mechanisms underlying the link between obesity and dementia," said Dr. Sudha Seshadri. For the study, published in Annals of Neurology, researchers analyzed the link between waist circumference, Body Mass Index (BMI), waist to hip ratio and measures of abdominal fat from a CT with MRI measures of total brain volume and more in middle-aged study participants. Researchers say the results confirmed the association of increasing BMI with lower brain volumes in middle-aged and older adults.