10 doctors weighed in:

Is there any evidence that depression or anxiety affect HDL cholesterol levels?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Mixed findings

Many studies have yielded conflicting results, for a variety of reasons.
But a larger study from the netherlands in 2010 suggested that melancholic depression was associated with lower hdl. Also, atypical depression was associated with higher total and LDL cholesterol -- hinting that in at least some depressions, lifestyle may be a factor. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20021996.

In brief: Mixed findings

Many studies have yielded conflicting results, for a variety of reasons.
But a larger study from the netherlands in 2010 suggested that melancholic depression was associated with lower hdl. Also, atypical depression was associated with higher total and LDL cholesterol -- hinting that in at least some depressions, lifestyle may be a factor. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20021996.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Thank
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Perhaps

Depression is linked to obesity, and the metabolic syndrome.
These patients often have high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol, the former most often being the cause of the latter. This may be more of an association than direct cause and effect.

In brief: Perhaps

Depression is linked to obesity, and the metabolic syndrome.
These patients often have high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol, the former most often being the cause of the latter. This may be more of an association than direct cause and effect.
Dr. James Underberg
Dr. James Underberg
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
32 years in practice
9M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors