Year: 1997 Source: Psychosomatic Medicine, v.59, no.5, (September-October 1997), p.521-528 SIEC No: 19980615

Depressive symptoms were measured using a nine-item questionnaire in a group of 300 healthy women (aged 31-65 years) in the greater Stockholm area. As hypothesized, a significant association was found between low serum cholesterol & depressive symptoms. Women with serum cholesterol values in the lowest tenth of the distribution had nearly twice as many depressive symptoms as those with higher concentrations. Social support was the strongest predictor of low serum cholesterol. (26 refs.)