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Risk of depression is higher in elderly patients with lowest serum cholesterol values

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1298
  1. Renzo Rozzini,
  2. Bruno Bertozzi,
  3. Piera Barbisoni,
  4. Marco Trabucchi
  1. Chief Assistant Assistant Geriatric Evaluation and Rehabilitation Unit, P Richiedei Hospital, Gussago, Brescia, Italy
  2. Chief Geriatric Research Group, 25122 Brescia, Italy

    EDITOR,—We read with interest Paul H A Steegmans and colleagues' short report on serum cholesterol concentration and serotonin metabolism.1 We would like to add support to the hypothesis of an association between low serum cholesterol concentration and depression with data obtained in our geriatric evaluation and rehabilitation unit.

    Data in this study were taken from 476 elderly patients consecutively admitted to our unit over 12 months (mean age 78.8 (SD 7.4); 70% women). …

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