Those who are looking to lead a healthy retirement living may have a new way to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease - eating good cholesterol. Known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL), this nutrient can come from nuts and vegetable oils, according to CBS News.
A new study that has researched the effects of this particular kind of cholesterol has revealed that it may reduce the chance of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 60 percent.
Researchers at Columbia University evaluated 1,130 people.
"[They] divided them into groups based on their HDL or healthy cholesterol number and found that those with an HDL above 65 were at a 60 percent lower risk of having Alzheimer's disease," CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton told the news provider.
She added that there were a lot of daily routines that could impact good cholesterol levels. For example, quitting smoking can boost HDL, as can using vegetable oil in place of butter.
Currently, 10.9 million Americans are providing unpaid Alzheimer's care to 5.3 million patients, according to The Alzheimer's Association.