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Does a statin prevent dementia?

Updated: September 24, 2014


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There is evidence that statins both lower dementia risk and impair memory. What should you do?

A few years ago, research began to suggest that people who took statins to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease also had a lower risk of developing dementia. At the same time, however, some people who were taking statins were reporting memory loss, forgetfulness, and unfocused thinking. In 2012, the FDA expanded its advisory on statin risk to include cognitive impairment.

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