A study published in the journal Neurological Research compared the effects of statin medications and cognitive decline.
The study involved 329 people who were over the age of 65 and who were screened for cognitive decline by using mini-mental state examination (MMSE). These subjects were also screened for depression using Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS).
Researchers found that there wasn't any difference in MMSE and GDS scores between the subjects who had and didn't have high cholesterol. However, researchers did find that statin users had a lower MMSE score and a higher depression score compared to those participants who weren't taking statins.
Could statins be the reason for cognitive decline?
David Brownstein, MD, shares this recent study that compares the effects of statins and cognitive decline.