D. Larry Sparks, PhD, Senior Scientist and Head, Roberts Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, AZ, USA.
The primary care physician is often pressed with first-line treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A number of FDA-approved therapies are available. Emerging data indicate that circulating cholesterol levels may influence progression of the dementing disorder. A recent pilot, proof-of-concept, placebo-controlled clinical trial suggests that the cholesterol-lowering medication atorva-statin provides benefit in treating mild-to-moderate AD. Although not approved for the treatment of AD, statin therapy might be considered in the setting of elevated cholesterol levels--even when LDL/HDL ratios are acceptable.
Key words: Alzheimer’s disease, cholesterol, statins, dementia, atorvastatin.