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Brain Cholesterol Can Lead to Alzheimer’s

Cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and heart disease. The new study shows that it can also affect the brain.Scientists from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered that  manufactured in the brain appears to play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

The new study finds that the Cholesterol produced by astrocytes is required for controlling the production of amyloid-beta. Amyloid beta is a sticky protein that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The study gives a holistic overview into how and why these plaques form and may explain why genes associated with have been linked to an increased likelihood of developing.

Scientists have also found that they can prevent Alzheimer’s, by shedding light on how to prevent the overproduction of amyloid-beta as a way to fight the disease, which currently kills more seniors than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.Heather Ferris of UVA Health’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism said that this study helps us to understand why genes linked to Cholesterol are so important to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers also added that the data point to the importance of focusing on the production of Cholesterol in astrocytes and the transport to neurons as a way to reduce amyloid-beta and prevent plaques from ever being formed. Tel Aviv University researchers discovered while studying amyloid-beta proteins. A non-pharmaceutical clinical trial was proven effective in reversing the main activators of Alzheimer’s disease.

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