Despite the fact that most people are worried about having cholesterollevels that are too high, yet another study has found that low cholesterolis actually associated with adverse behavioral effects such as aggressionand depression.
While the medical establishment continues to push the suppressionof cholesterol levels to abnormally low levels, it is not widelyknown that there is a significant amount of evidence linking lowcholesterol to aggressive behavior and depression.
According to researchers from Yale University School of Medicine,"The well-documented negative association between serum cholesteroland aggressive behavior has led Kaplan (PsychosomMed 1994 Nov-Dec;56:479-84) to propose a cholesterol-serotoninhypothesis of aggression.
According to this hypothesis, low dietarycholesterol intake leads to depressed central serotonergicactivity, which itself has been reported in numerous studies ofviolent individuals."
- Researchers studied 25 violent psychiatric patients
- For 7 days, the patients wore signaling devices that emitted an average of seven signals a day.
- Following each signal, patients filled out a mood questionnaire.
The authors found that "Total serum cholesterol (TSC) concentrationwas positively associated with measures of affect, cognitive efficiency,activation, and sociability, suggesting a link between low TSC anddysphoria."
"These findings are consistent with the cholesterol-serotoninhypothesis and with the substantive literature linking both aggressionand depression to depressed centralserotonergic activity," they conclude.
Journal of BehavioralMedicine, December 1, 2000; 23: 519-529
Well, with so many people taking drugs to lower their cholesteroland half the population predictedto take statin drugs in the future, it is time that we seriouslyre-evaluated what we are doing with them. Just like our weight,there is an optimum with cholesterol as well. Some people believethat the lower your cholesterol, the healthier you are.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If your cholesterolis too low you will have an increased risk of mooddisorders, depression,stroke, and violence.And these are only the KNOWN effects right now. There are likelymany more currently unknown and unstudied.
This best predictor of heart disease with respect to cholesterolis the HDL/totalcholesterol ratio.