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(CNN)Although doctors prescribe statins to help lower cholesterol, the drugs might have an added benefit: reducing Alzheimer's disease risk.
Surprising differences across statins
Statins, an Alzheimer's preventer?
While two well-established risk factors for Alzheimer's are genetics and aging, "there is hope that adopting healthy brain life habits might delay or prevent the appearance of Alzheimer's disease," the Alzheimer's Association says. Here are some tips:
Stay physically active to maintain good blood flow to the brain and encourage new brain cells.
Eat a "brain-healthy diet" low in fat and cholesterol.
Stay social to reduce stress levels and maintain healthy brain cell connections.
Stay mentally active to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them.