Sunday, February 20, 2011

Alzheimer's Update: Don't Forget that Martini

It's been a while since we've written about Alzheimer's disease, which is not necessarily an indication of our own state of mind (or lack thereof). The good news is that there's some heartening news on the Alzheimer's prevention front:

"Our vulnerability to dementia is influenced by our genes ... Experts now believe it may be possible to curtail the expression of such genes...

A daily cocktail or glass of wine may help delay dementia. Research has found that alcohol is an anti-inflammatory (inflammation promotes Alzheimer's) and raises good HDL cholesterol, which helps ward off dementia."

The bad news is that "binge-drinking makes it more likely" that one will contract the dreaded condition.

Exit question: since Aricept and Lipitor are reimbursable under a Health Savings Account (as well as Health Reimbusement Arrangements and Flexible Spending Accounts), can I run my fifth of Stoli through it, as well?
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