Read Full Text Low Cholesterol and Suicide Your brain needs cholesterol – don`t go too low.
Emily Deans Harvard Medical School
Published on March 21, 2011 by Emily Deans, M.D. in Evolutionary Psychiatry
Low serum cholesterol has been linked in numerous scientific papers to suicide, accidents, and violence (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7).. No one knows whether violence and suicidal risk have a metabolic byproduct of low cholesterol, or whether having low cholesterol will predispose you to suicide out of hand (8). However, the brain`s dry weight is 60% fat, and cholesterol plays a vital role in neuron signaling and brain structure. In fact, one quarter of your body`s free cholesterol is found in the nervous system (9). It would make sense that if your cholesterol drops too low then mood and behavior could be affected