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Researchers looked at the link between LDL cholesterol levels and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease: a rare type of dementia which generally hits people in their 40s and 50s. Also known as young-onset Alzheimer’s disease, past studies have shown specific genetic mutations are a likely cause of the condition which around 200,000 people in the U.S. are estimated to have.

LDL cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to build up in and narrow the arteries, which can raise the risk of conditions including heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease. "Good" HDL cholesterol, on the other hand, is thought to prevent heart attacks and stroke, by helping to transport LDL away from the arteries so it can be processed by the liver.

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