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Cholesterol

01 July 2008

Good cholesterol helps memory

So-called "good" cholesterol, known by its initials as HDL-C, plays an important role in maintaining memory in later life, according to a study published Monday.

So-called "good" cholesterol, known by its initials as HDL-C, plays an important role in maintaining memory in later life, according to a study published Monday.

How the test was done
The test comprised the ability to recall the maximum number of words in a 20-word list. "HDL-C levels are potentially modifiable, and our results show that low HDL-C is associated with poor memory and decline in memory in middle-aged adults," the study said.

The paper appears in the US journal Ateriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, published by the American Heart Association.


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