Diabetes Forecast

Statins Don't Impair Memory and Thinking

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , , ,

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Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are drugs that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart attacks and strokes. The American Diabetes Association recommends daily statins for most people with diabetes who are 40 and older, as well as others at high risk. There has been some concern that statins might impair memory and thinking, but a study of 1,037 adults ages 70 to 90 suggests that isn’t the case. Over six years, researchers found no differences in memory or brain function test scores between the 642 participants who used statins and the 395 who didn’t, even after accounting for factors that could affect brain function, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online Nov. 18, 2019

 

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