This study was published in European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2010 Jul;19(7):615-9
Study title and authors:
Total serum cholesterol levels and suicide attempts in child and adolescent psychiatric inpatients.
Plana T, Gracia R, Méndez I, Pintor L, Lazaro L, Castro-Fornieles J.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Department, Neurosciences Institute, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Centro Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBER-SAM), C/Villarroel 170, 08036, Barcelona, Spain. firstname.lastname@example.org
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20047063
This study investigated the association between cholesterol levels and suicidal behavior in adolescent patients. The study included 66 patients (aged 8 to 18 years) admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit following attempted suicide, who were compared with 54 patients with no history of suicide attempts.
The study found that cholesterol levels were significantly lower in attempted suicide patients than in those with no history of suicide attempts.