Cholesterol Levels Linked to depression in the elderly

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:49 pm    Post subject: Cholesterol Levels Linked to depression in the elderly Reply with quote

This from Betty Doyle.

School of Montpellier analysts display us how depression is linked to cholesterol and gender

Do you know the Institute of Medical and Health Research (INSERM) and School of Montpellier financed researchers suggested that regulating 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol can help prevent mental problems among aging population?

In a newly released issue of the publication Biological Psychiatry ( published in July 2010, leading researcher Dr. Marie-Laure Ancelin of INSERM (Institut National de la SantÚ et de la Recherche MÚdicale said that gender specific regulation of levels of cholesterol can aid stop depressive disorders in the aging adults.

French experts followed a big number of males and females aged 65 and older for 7 years.

They observed that depression in women was associated with lower levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), which puts them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart stroke.

In contrast, depression in men was related to low levels of "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). This association was strongest in men with a genetic vulnerability to depression related to a serotonin transporter gene.

Therefore, proper regulation of HDL-C and LDL-C levels can aid stop depression in the elderly, the study concluded.

The analysis was published in the July 15 issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry (Reference: -8/abstract).

Major nutritional sources of cholesterol include cheese, egg yolks, beef, pork, chicken, and shrimp. Plant products such as flax seeds and peanuts have cholesterol-like compounds called phytosterols.

Total cholesterol is described as the sum of HDL (High-density lipoprotein), LDL (Low-density lipoprotein), and VLDL (Very-low-density lipoprotein). Usually, only the total, HDL, and triglycerides are tested.

It is suggested to have cholesterol tested more frequently than five years if someone has total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or more, or if a man over age forty five or a woman over age 50 has HDL (good) cholesterol lower than 40 mg/dL, or occur other risk aspects for coronary disease and stroke.

So...exactly what can you do to increase your HDL (good) and lower your LDL (bad) levels?

1. Exercise can substantially increase HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL cholesterol.

2. Smoking cigarettes has been shown to lower HDL while raising LDL cholesterol.

3. Prepared, trans fats at the same time raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.

4. Monounsaturated fats such as those found in extra virgin olive oil and avocados increase HDL and reduce LDL.

5. Fatty fish like sardines and salmon contain omega-3 fats that raise HDL and lower LDL.

6. Whole, intact grains contain dietary fiber and niacin, both of which raise HDL and may lower LDL.

Now it's all to you...


About the writer - Betty Doyle writes for the <a>depression pills effects</a> blog. It's a nonprofit website specialized in her personal depression journey. The blog is targeted on giving energy and hope to anyone who is suffering from depression and promotes those people to find the energy to fight against
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