Webinar Recording Date: January 6, 2022
The cultural dogma is that cholesterol is an evil villain that needs to be eradicated for true health. Given the unflagging efforts of the United States medical establishment over the last few decades to lower cholesterol and corresponding media saturation of food and drug promotions boasting cholesterol-lowering effects, it is understandable that most consumers are not concerned about having cholesterol levels that are too low. While consumers attempt to alter serum cholesterol through dietary and other lifestyle changes, data continue to accumulate showing the detrimental physical and psychological outcomes of fat avoidance.
Cholesterol is a critical component of human biochemistry. Synthesis of several hormones and Vitamin D also depend on cholesterol, providing additional clues to the connection between cholesterol and brain health. In addition to other lipid molecules, cholesterol contributes to the approximately 60% dry weight of the brain composed of fat. The brain relies heavily on lipids during growth and development and for optimal daily function, drawing on dietary and endogenous sources to fuel its extreme demands for energy.
In this webinar, Dr. Greenblatt will discuss the significant connection between low cholesterol and poor psychiatric health, which has been emphasized through decades of observational and retrospective research studies. Correlations with substance abuse, depression, and suicide strongly imply that cholesterol status influences mood and behavior. Inadequate cholesterol levels may represent a shared etiological factor between these conditions and explain the overlapping continuum of pathology.
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