Thursday, July 19, 2007
Statins are not all equal when it comes to their potential to guard against dementia, according to a study published in the online open access journal BMC Medicine. Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs used by those with heart disease. The new findings suggest that simvastatin is associated with a lower incidence of dementia and Parkinson's disease. Disagreement over whether statins could guard against these conditions has meant the benefits to dementia sufferers to date have been unclear.