This study was published in the British Journal of Psychiaty 1999 Sep;175:259-62
Study title and authors:
Association of low serum total cholesterol with major depression and suicide.
Partonen T, Haukka J, Virtamo J, Taylor PR, Lönnqvist J.
Department of Mental Health and Alcohol Research, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland. firstname.lastname@example.org
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10645328
The aim of the study was to investigate the association between total cholesterol levels, depression and suicide. The study included 29,133 men aged 50-69 years who were followed up for 5-8 years.
The study found low total cholesterol levels were associated with low mood and subsequently a heightened risk of hospital treatment due to major depressive disorder and of death from suicide.