The relationship between serum cholesterol and verbal memory may be influenced by body mass index (BMI) in young healthy women

Gergely Darnai, Eniko Plózer, Anna Altbácker, Gábor Perlaki, Gergely Orsi, T. Kőszegi, Szilvia Anett Nagy, Tivadar Lucza, N. Kovács, J. Janszky, Z. Clemens

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between verbal memory and total cholesterol (TC) levels related to body mass index (BMI) in healthy young women. Verbal memory was assessed using the Rey Auditory-Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) while total serum cholesterol was measured by enzymatic colorimetric test. In order to analyze the potential significance of BMI subjects were divided into three groups according to their calculated BMI percentile values. No significant correlation was found when assessing the group as a whole. However a remarkable pattern of correlation emerged when assessing the BMI groups separately: a close-to-significant positive correlation was found for total learning score and TC in the low BMI group, no correlation emerged in the medium BMI group while a strong inverse correlation was found in the high BMI group. These findings indicate that the relationship between verbal memory and serum TC level is also influenced by BMI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-182
Number of pages6
JournalIdeggyogyaszati Szemle
Volume69
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 30 2016

Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Cognitive processing
  • Total cholesterol
  • Verbal memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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