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Women with higher total cholesterol levels were up to 7% less likely to get Parkinson’s
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Women not taking statins with higher total cholesterol levels — above 180 mg/dL — were up to 7% less likely to get Parkinson’s disease than those with lower cholesterol levels.
Women not taking statins with the highest one-third LDL cholesterol levels — above 140 mg/dL — were 7% less likely to get Parkinson’s compared to women with the one-third lowest total cholesterol levels.
(I have requested a copy of the paper to get exact LDL cholesterol levels for each group. I will update this article when I do.)
Subjects: 261,638 people aged 40 to 79 not taking statins
This study looked at data from 261,638 people aged 40 to 79 who were not taking statins collected from the medical databases of Maccabi Health Services, the second largest health maintenance organization in Israel and who had their cholesterol levels measured from at least twice between 1999 to 2012.
A total of 764 people (3.3% of the total) who were 65 years and older were diagnosed with Parkinson’s during an average follow-up of 7.9 years.
Rozani V, Gurevich T, Giladi N, El-Ad B, Tsamir J, Hemo B, and Peretz C. Higher serum cholesterol and decreased Parkinson’s disease risk: A statin-free cohort study. Mov Disord, 2018 Aug 25; published online.
Author’s Contact Info
Dr. Nir Giladi
Tel Aviv Medical Center,
Sagol School of Neuroscience
Sackler Faculty of Medicine
Tel Aviv University
6 Weizmann Street
Tel Aviv 6423906, Israel
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