Study title and authors:
Effects of lovastatin on cognitive function and psychological well-being.
Muldoon MF, Barger SD, Ryan CM, Flory JD, Lehoczky JP, Matthews KA, Manuck SB.
Center for Clinical Pharmacology (MFM), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10806282
The study found:
(a) After six months placebo-treated subjects improved on neuropsychological tests in all five performance domains, consistent with the effects of practice on test performance, whereas those treated with lovastatin improved only on tests of memory recall.
(b) Subjects on statins showed a significant worsening of attention and slowing down of thought compared to subjects on placebo.
To conclude: Statins impair brain function.
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