Cholesterol and Depression in South Florida Elderly

A Helpful Article from Advocare’s South Florida Care Managers to Assist with Senior Depression in South Florida

Did you know the Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and School of Montpellier funded scientists indicated that regulating ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol levels may help stop mood problems among elderly?

In a freshly released issue of the academic journal Biological Psychiatry ( released in July 2010, leading researcher Doctor. Marie-Laure Ancelin of INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale described that gender-specific regulation of cholesterol can help avoid depression in the elderly.

French analysts observed a significant number of women and men aged 65 and older for 7 years.

They observed that depressive disorder in women was linked with low levels of “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), which puts them at higher risk for coronary disease, including heart stroke.

In contrast, depressive disorder in men was linked with 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 may help avoid depressive disorder in the elderly, the researchers concluded.

The study appeared in the July 15 issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry (Reference:

Major dietary sources of cholesterol include cheese, egg yolks, beef, pork, poultry, and shrimp. Plant products such as flax seeds and peanuts have cholesterol-like substances known as phytosterols.

Total cholesterol means 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 strongly recommended to have cholesterol tested more often than five years if someone has total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher, or if a man over age forty five or a woman over age 50 has HDL (good) cholesterol under 40 mg/dL, or exist other risk components for heart problems and stroke.

So…exactly what can you do to rise your HDL (good) and reduce your LDL (bad) levels?
1. Exercise can substantially increase HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL cholesterol.
2. Smoking has been shown to lower HDL while raising LDL cholesterol.
3. Highly processed, 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 raise HDL and lower LDL.
5. Fatty fish like salmon and sardines contain omega-3 fats that raise HDL and lower LDL.
6. Whole, intact cereals contain dietary fiber and niacin, both of which raise HDL and may lower LDL.

Now it’s all up to you…

About the author – Betty Doyle writes for the depression pills effects blog. It’s a nonprofit site specialized in her personal depression journey. The blog is targeted on giving energy and hope to any individual who is suffering from depression and promotes those people to find the energy to fight back against the effects of depression. By doing this she would like to support alleviate some of the stigma mental illness depression can cause and help the general public perception of mood dysfunctions.

Advocare Care Management services helps families with seniors loved ones struggling with issues of aging and depression in South Florida. Their South Florida Geriatric Care Management Services work with seniors and their physicians to address complexities of aging and depression.

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