Blood Lipids, Elderly Depression, Linked

MONTPELLIER, France, July 23 (UPI) — Depression in women is linked to low levels of high-density lipoprotein, the “good” cholesterol, increasing their heart risk, French researchers say.

Study corresponding author Dr. Marie-Laure Ancelin of the Institut de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale and University of Montpellier 1, in Montpellier, France, and colleagues evaluated blood lipid levels — or cholesterol — and depression symptoms in a large population of elderly men and women age 65 or older over a seven-year period.

The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, finds older men with greater risk of depression had low levels of low-density lipoprotein, the “bad” form of cholesterol, and seemingly were protected from developing cardiovascular diseases.

“Our results suggest that clinical management of abnormal lipid levels may reduce depression in the elderly, but different treatment will be required according to sex,” Ancelin says in a statement.

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