Should the guidelines for monitoring serum cholesterol levels in the elderly be re-evaluated?
Elevated circulating cholesterol can have profound effects on the health of an individual. Such excess cholesterol can promote coronary artery disease, production and accumulation of β-amyloid in the brain, and possibly Alzheimer's disease (AD). In a clinical trial evaluating the benefit of a cholesterol-lowering drug in the treatment of AD, mean cholesterol levels at baseline among individuals participating in the trial were found to be relatively high. Based on this observation we suggest that cholesterol levels should be actively monitored in the elderly, as many individuals with AD are over 65 years of age and therefore excluded by currently accepted guidelines.
Journal of Molecular Neuroscience
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Sparks, D. L.; Connor, D. J.; Browne, P.; and Sabbagh, M. N., "Should the guidelines for monitoring serum cholesterol levels in the elderly be re-evaluated?" (2002). Neurology. 1030.