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.