The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

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

Monday, 18 June 2012

Low saturated fat levels associated with higher suicide rates

This study was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2011 Dec;72(12):1585-90

Study title and authors:
Suicide deaths of active-duty US military and ω-3 fatty-acid status: a case-control comparison.
Lewis MD, Hibbeln JR, Johnson JE, Lin YH, Hyun DY, Loewke JD.
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

This study can be accessed at:

The study analysed the effects of levels of fats and the risk of suicide. The study included 800 US military suicide deaths and 800 matched controls.

Regarding saturated fat, the study found that LOW levels of stearic acid (a saturated fat found in tallow (dripping), lard, beef and pork) were significantly associated with higher levels of suicide.