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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 3 December 2010

High cholesterol levels reduce depression

Published in Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Jul 15;68(2):125-32. Epub 2010 May 26.

Gender and genotype modulation of the association between lipid levels and depressive symptomatology in community-dwelling elderly (the ESPRIT study).
Ancelin ML, Carrière I, Boulenger JP, Malafosse A, Stewart R, Cristol JP, Ritchie K, Chaudieu I, Dupuy AM.
Institut de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm) and University of Montpellier 1, Hopital La Colombiere, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU), Montpellier, France.

This study can be accessed at:
The study assessed depression in a population of 1040 women and 752 men aged 65 years and older with a 7-year follow-up.
It found men with a low low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels had twice the risk of depression, whereas in women low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels were found to be significantly associated with increased depression.
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