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Association of Circulating Cholesterol Level with Cognitive Function and Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly: A Community-based Population Study

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 6 ]

Author(s):

Yujie Guo, Pengfei Li, Xiaojun Ma, Xiaochen Huang, Zhuoheng Liu, Xiuwen Ren, Yuhui Yang, Nicholas Van Halm-Lutterodt and Linhong Yuan*   Pages 556 - 565 ( 10 )

Abstract:


Background: The present study was designed to examine the association of circulating cholesterol with cognitive function in non-demented community aging adults.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study including 1754 Chinese adults aged 55-80 years. The association between serum cholesterol levels and cognitive function was examined. Participants were categorized into four groups according to the quartile of circulating TC (total cholesterol), High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL-c), Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL-c) levels and HDLc/ LDL-c ratio. The difference in cognitive performance among the groups was compared. Logistic regression model was used to determine the association of circulating cholesterol level with the risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Results: Mild increase of serum LDL-c level correlated with better visual and executive, language, memory and delayed recall abilities. Higher circulating TC and HDL-c levels were found to be associated with poorer cognitive function, especially in aging female subjects. Higher circulating TC, HDL-c and HDL/LDL ratio indicated an increased risk of MCI, especially in female subjects.

Conclusion: Slight increase in circulating LDL-c level might benefit cognitive function in aging adults. However, higher circulating TC and HDL-c levels might indicate a decline of cognitive function, especially in aging female subjects.

Keywords:

Cholesterol, cognition, the elderly, geriatrics, mild cognitive impairment, cardiovascular diseases.

Affiliation:

School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069



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