Clinical Neuroscience

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

DARNAI Gergely1, PLÓZER Enikõ1, ALTBACKER Anna1, PERLAKI Gábor1,2,3, ORSI Gergely1,2,3, KŐSZEGI Tamás4, NAGY Szilvia Anett2, LUCZA Tivadar5, KOVÁCS Norbert1, JANSZKY József1,3, CLEMENS Zsófia1,6

MAY 30, 2016

Clinical Neuroscience - 2016;69(05-06)


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.


  1. Department of Neurology, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
  2. Pécs Diagnostic Centre, Pécs
  3. MTA-PTE Clinical Neuroscience MR Research Group, Pécs
  4. Institute of Laboratory Medicine, University of Pécs, Pécs
  5. Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Pécs, Pécs
  6. National Institute of Neuroscience, Budapest



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