Cholesterol and glucose levels at age 35 are linked to future risk of Alzheimer’s, Boston researchers find

Getting your cholesterol and glucose levels in a healthy range at a young age could save you from an Alzheimer’s diagnosis later in life.

Lindsay Farrer, chief of biomedical genetics at Boston University School of Medicine, has released a new study on Alzheimer’s disease. (Boston University School of Medicine photo)

That’s according to Boston University School of Medicine researchers, who found that lower HDL (high-density “good” cholesterol) and high triglyceride levels at age 35 are linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.

The Boston scientists in this new study also concluded that high blood glucose levels measured between ages 51 and 60 is associated with Alzheimer’s risk in the future.

“While our findings confirm other studies that linked cholesterol and glucose levels measured in blood with future risk of Alzheimer’s disease, we have shown for the first time that these associations extend much earlier in life than previously thought,” said the study’s senior author Lindsay Farrer , chief of biomedical genetics at the Boston University School of Medicine.

High LDL has been linked to Alzheimer’s risk in previous studies, but the link between HDL and Alzheimer’s in the past has been inconclusive, according to the researchers.

The scientists for this study used data from participants of the Framingham Heart Study, who were examined at 4-year intervals throughout most of their adult lives.

The researchers found that lower HDL (the good cholesterol) is predictive of Alzheimer’s risk in an early adulthood age period (35 to 50 years) and middle age period (51 to 60 years). Also, they found that high blood glucose – a precursor of diabetes – during mid-adulthood is predictive of Alzheimer’s risk.

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