2010-12-13 Alzheimer's study finds HDL good for brain, too

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/12/13/us-alzheimers-cholesterol-idUSTRE6BC57A20101213

In addition to being good for the heart, high levels of so-called "good" cholesterol may protect against Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

They found people over 65 who had the highest levels of high-density lipoprotein or HDL were 60 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease over four years than people with the lowest HDL levels.

And it did not seem to matter if people had high HDL levels naturally or if they took widely used drugs called statins to increase "good" cholesterol levels, the researchers found.(Read entire article)

2008-03-03 HDL cholesterol supports the brain too

http://vintagefemail.blogspot.com/2008/03/hdl-cholesterol-supports-brain-too.html

HDL cholesterol may slow the aging process, and not just with respect to the heart. The worthy little HDL protein plays a pivotal role in reverse cholesterol transport, toting the fatty goo out of the tissues--including blood vessel walls--and back to the liver for elimination from the body. Low levels are a common abnormality in patients destined to develop coronary artery disease, even when total cholesterol values are in the normal range. (Read entire article)