Lifestyle changes proven to increase HDL-cholesterol levels – including “healthy diet”, regular exercise, weight control, and smoking cessation – have been shown to provide neuro-protective effects.
In addition to examining current knowledge of the beneficial effects of HDL-cholesterol for cardiovascular diseases, breast and lung cancers, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, this review article looks into the neuroprotective potential of HDL-cholesterol in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
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