Should you take a statin to decrease chance of dementia?

Should you take a statin to decrease chance of dementia?  No.  What?  We medical-sorts link “educated” logic together.  And, many times this is wrong.

It would seem intuitive that vascular dementia (when the brain doesn’t get enough blood) can be exacerbated by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries with cholesterol).

But, research has shown that statins given later in life do not prevent dementia or cognitive decline.  This was in a randomized controlled trial with over 26,000 patients.  they followed these patient’s cognitive assessments and there were NO differences in the number of patients who developed dementia or cognitive decline between those taking statins and those not.

 

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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