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Statins, the link with depression

25/09/2013

Statins  – linked with depression. statins

A recent review of medical research dating back to the 1970’s has found clear links between the use of statin drugs and the development of depression.

Chronic depletion of cholesterol interferes with the release of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter carrying nerve impulses between brain cells, enabling them to communicate and keeping our moods stable and balanced.

Cholesterol is a building block for cell membranes, keeping the membrane fluid, flexible allows release of chemicals such as serotonin. When cholesterol is depleted, the membranes cannot function properly and serotonin is not released, the cells become rigid.

Statins are one of the biggest selling drugs in history, with over 5 million people taking them in the UK alone. Side effects are common and include nausea, upset stomach, headaches, muscle pains, memory problems and depression. The drugs work by inhibiting cholesterol production in the liver.

Want to avoid statins, exercise and stress managements are important, and as important as a diet high in vegetables, fruit and fibre.  Addressing imbalances within your diet can help, it’s a holistic approach

  • Get moving, exercise daily
  • Drink plenty of fluids (water)
  • Eating a variety of vegetables everyday
  • Oily fish like mackerel, sardines, pilchards, salmon and anchovies
  • Nuts, seeds and avocado – all healthy fats
  • Reducing alcohol

Supplementation may assist, but making these changes is easy, come and see me once you have mastered this and we can take it further.  It’s your health,  its your life!

If you are taking statin medication speak to your GP/Consultant before making dietary changes and do not stop your medication unless told to by your GP/Consultant

From → Depression, Top tips

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