A study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings yesterday (Tuesday 01 October) claims that statins pose no harm to people's memory.
Furthermore taking the drugs for more than a year cuts the risk of dementia by 29 per cent. The study involved a meta-analysis of existing research studies into the effect of statins on memory.
Questions about the effects statins have on the brain last year led the US Food and Drug Administration to order new medicine labels warning of possible memory problems linked to statins.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'Because of previous reports on the possible side-effects statins have on memory, it's difficult to make firm conclusions based on this new study. But it's promising to see that taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs for longer periods of time could potentially reduce your risk of dementia.
'Although more research into the preventative effect of statins is needed, with an estimated one in three people over 40 currently taking the drugs, the potential impact is huge. The decision to take statins should always be discussed with your GP. What we do know is that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking can all make a difference to your dementia risk.'
Dr Doug Brown
Director of Research and Development
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