Year: 1998 Source: Lifesavers, v.10, no.1, (Winter 1998), p.1, 9-10 SIEC No: 19980005

Several studies in the last few years have found an association between lower cholesterol & increased incidence of violent acts including suicide. This article reviews some of this controversial research & the link between cholesterol-lowering & brain serotonin pathways. Serotonin system dysfunction has been implicated in major depression & independently with suicidal behaviours. Hypotheses to explain the relationship of lowered cholesterol, serotonin function & aggressive acts are examined.