High Cholesterol

Those using statins are less likely to suffer from depression

29/02/2012 0 Comments |
happy mature man

Research conducted in the US has shown that people who use statins are much less likely to develop depression than people with heart disease not using statins.

The collaborative research was led by Dr Mary Whooley, a physician and experienced researcher in the topic of depression, and was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The research spanned six years and followed 965 patients, of which 776 were not depressed, either using statins or not. The study revealed that those who were using statins where 38% less likely to develop depression than those that weren’t taking them.

Currently statins are among the most widely used treatments for high cholesterol and are particularly effective at preventing arterial sclerosis, a precursor to heart disease. Dr Whooley believes that it’s possible for statins to have an effect on depression because of exactly this ability. Arteriosclerosis is also known as a hardening of the arteries, and if this happens in the brain, it’s been known to result in depression symptoms. Statins also have an effect on the inner lining of blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely, so that the body is better able to adapt to internal changes.

However, Dr Whooley warns that they did not take into account other health factors that could influence depression and that further research on the effects of statins on depression in heart disease patients is required. She says that it might well be that people who use statins were just likely to be more active, however she is hopeful about the potential of this new research.

Add Comment
Featured News
pancreatitis

Statins may be able to prevent pancrea..

Statins are used by a third of people over 45 take statins in the UK and a recent study have shown.. More..

happy woman

New treatment could prevent good chole..

New research has revealed how exactly 'good cholesterol' is turned into 'bad cholesterol' by CETP. More..

Stethescope and heart

Pfizer granted a lucrative extension o..

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer has been given a six month extension on the patent for the high .. More..

Cup of green tea

Green tea may have positive effect on ..

An analysis of data from a number of clinical trials has demonstrated that drinking green tea can .. More..

"Ultra-Bad" Cholesterol discovered

Scientists from the University of Warwick have found a new form of cholesterol which could increas.. More..