High Cholesterol Linked to Alzheimer's
Study Shows High Total Cholesterol in Midlife Could Raise Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Making Changes to Lower Risk
Computer specialist James Pitman, 44, has gotten the message and is making lifestyle changes to bring his high cholesterol down in hopes of reducing his risk for heart disease, diabetes, and dementia later in life.
The Oakland, Calif., resident, who has a family history of diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, has lowered his total cholesterol from 280 to 260 by eating better and revamping his exercise routine. He tells WebMD that he hopes to lower his numbers more by making additional changes.
"I didn't exactly win the genetic lottery, so I will probably have to go on drugs eventually to lower my cholesterol," he says. "But I am going to do all I can with diet and exercise."