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QuickMedial Praises New Study Linking High Cholesterol Levels to Increased Risk for Developing Alzheimer's Disease or Vascular Dementia

QuickMedical a distributor for the CardioChek® cholesterol analyzers hopes this new study will encourage more people to monitor their heart and brain health via cholesterol screening.

Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) January 25, 2010 -- QuickMedical a leading distributor of the CardioChek® cholesterol testing instrument for healthcare professionals and the CardioChek® home cholesterol analyzer released a statement today hailing a new study by Kaiser Permanente. The study suggests that high cholesterol levels are a significant risk factor for developing dementia and Alzheimer's Disease later in life.

The results of the study were published in the journal Dementia & Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. The research study tracked 9,844 men and women for four decades, starting when the participants were between 40 and 45 years of age.

After controlling for weight, hypertension and diabetes, the researchers discovered a significant link between borderline-high cholesterol and dementia.

The participants in the study, who had high cholesterol, or a value of 240mg/dl or more, had a 66 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease later in life. People with borderline-high cholesterol, between 200 and 239, had a 25 percent spike in risk.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 106 million Americans reportedly have borderline-high cholesterol levels.

"With the availability of our CardoChek® cholesterol testing device for the healthcare professional and the CardioChek® analyzer for home use there is now a way for the public to know their cholesterol level number," said Robert Huffstodt, President and CEO of Polymer Technology Systems. "The continued emergence of research findings such as these strongly reinforces the rationale for including cholesterol screenings as an integral part of healthcare preventative maintenance; not only with regards to heart disease and diabetes, but now with the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

The study concluded that people as young as 40 with borderline or high cholesterol levels are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia. Previous studies have linked heart and brain health, but this study is the first to examine the association between borderline cholesterol levels and dementia.

About Quick Medical:
Quick Medical is a Medical Supply Store offering a large selection of medical equipment and medical supplies. Established in 1993, they currently offer over fifteen thousand medical products. In addition, Quick Medical offers a large selection of medical equipment and medical supplies. They are an authorized distributor for CardoChek and test strips, Detecto, Health O Meter, Brewer Medical equipment, Clinton Industries, Burton Medical Lighting, and many others. They also provide the widest variety of medical scales available on the Internet. Quick Medical has a large selection of health and fitness products, medical furniture, medical cabinets, medical casework, medical exam tables, medical lighting, x-ray equipment, and physical therapy products.

About the CardoChek® Analyzer:
The CardoChek® analyzer for home use cholesterol testing was awarded by the Editors of Popular Science, as a Best of 2006. Manufactured by Polymer Technology Systems, the CardoChek® is a hand-held analyzer used with test strips to measure specific whole blood indicators related to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. The analyzer can hold up to 30 results in memory and can be programmed in one of six languages.

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