Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
March 12, 2009

In the fourth report, Elizabeth P. Helzner and colleagues from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City collected data on 156 people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at an average age of 83.

They found that people with higher total and LDL, or "bad," cholesterol levels and diabetes had a more rapid cognitive decline after developing Alzheimer's disease.

The study "provides further evidence for the role of vascular risk factors in the course of Alzheimer's disease," the researchers concluded. "Prevention or treatment of these conditions can potentially slow the course of Alzheimer's disease."

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