Hypertension and Hypercholesterolaemia as Risk Factors for Alzheimer??s Disease

Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland.
CNS Drugs (Impact Factor: 5.11). 02/2002; 16(7):435-44. DOI: 10.2165/00023210-200216070-00001
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This paper focuses on hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia as risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and, as such, subjects for prevention. The long-term, prospective, population-based studies regarding the relationship between hypertension or hypercholesterolaemia and Alzheimer's disease, and the clinical studies regarding the association between antihypertensive or lipid-lowering medications and the risk of Alzheimer's disease, are reviewed. These studies provide evidence to suggest that elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels earlier in life may have an important role in the development and expression of late-life Alzheimer's disease. Based on these data, we propose that proper, early interventions aimed at reducing these cardiovascular risk factors may have an impact on the future incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer's disease.

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    • "Many clinical and epidemiological studies support the role of metabolic disorders, such as midlife hypercholesterolemia or metabolic syndrome, as risk factors to suffer AD (Kivipelto et al., 2002; Pappolla et al., 2003; Muller et al., 2007; Razay et al., 2007). Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the metabolic alteration that has been most widely assessed as an AD risk factor (Ott et al., 1996, 1999; Hassing et al., 2004; Luchsinger et al., 2007), leading to the description of a complex syndrome: type 3 diabetes (de la Monte et al., 2006). "
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    • "The altered biosynthesis, turnover, APOE-dependent transport , and catabolism of cholesterol to oxysterols (e.g., 24S-hydroxycholesterol) in brain is thought to play a key role in AD pathogenesis which is evidenced by many experimental as well as postmortem neuropathological studies [46] [47] [48]. Some epidemiological studies have indicated that hypercholesterolemia is a risk factor for AD, and others have shown that an increased total cholesterol is associated with increased risk of AD as also with aggravated progression of the disease process in subjects who are APOE4 negative, but not in those carrying at least one allele of APOE4 [49] [50] [51] [52]. "
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    • "Cholesterol is the main constituent of the high fat diet. Pre-clinical studies have shown that dietary cholesterol can be the cause for neurodegenerative diseases and dementia (Alzeheimer's disease)[1,2]. Animal studies showed that high fat diet impairs hippocampal neurogenesis in male wistar rats[3]and epidemiological studies support the view that dietary cholesterol is one of the causes for Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia[4]. "

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