Mental Health/Nervous System

Cholesterol: Link to Dementia

Rachel Whitmer of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California stated, "...even moderately high cholesterol levels in your 40s puts people at greater risk for Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia decades later."

Their study focused on 10,000 individuals aged 40-45 between the years of 1964 to 1973 followed for a period of 40 years. They found a total cholesterol reading 240 or higher indicated 66% greater chance of Alzheimer's later in life. Those with readings in the 200-239 levels had a 52% higher risk of Alzheimer's than those with lower cholesterol levels.

Good Cholesterol, the level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) that flows through our veins can be increased by walking as illustrated in numerous controlled studies.


Additionally, consistent walking helps reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) in the blood, which can cause plaque buildup along the artery walls, a leading cause of heart attacks.

The challenge is to get enough walking fit into the busy schedules of most employees today. Treadmill desks offer a unique solution which allows employees to walk as much as 8-10 hours in a single day while they are at work.

A study involving 3600 adults titled Walking and Serum Cholesterol in Adults conducted by Larry Tucker PhD and Glenn Friedman, MD at BYU found a direction correlation between lower cholesterol levels and walking. Study findings indicated that adults who walked a minimum of 2.5-4 hours per week had a 50% less chance of elevated cholesterol levels than those individuals who neither walked nor exercised regularly.