About The Author

Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at University of Connecticut as well as the Director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital. Taylor previously held research support to investigate the effects of factors such as smoking, testicular cancer, exercise and aging on vascular function. Taylor also has been a principal or co-investigator on several NIH-funded projects involving the pleiotropic effects of statin therapy (cholesterol-lowering drugs) in humans.

Measuring Neural And Cognitive Side Effects Of Statin Drugs

High cholesterol, termed hyperlipidemia, is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In fact, for every 10% increase in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL-C,  known as the “bad cholesterol,” an adult has a 20% higher risk of heart disease. Therefore, keeping cholesterol levels low through diet and exercise has proven benefits for reducing heart disease risk.