Dr. Weeks Comment: Here we have an article published yesterday with a very perilous conclusion. This article describes an association between statins and improved mental health. But they don’t say WHY that association exists. So let’s unpack this (I hate the phrase) – rather, let’s examine this study. Do statins help people with mental health issues? YES. But the reason they do has NOTHING to do with lowering cholesterol. They help people with mental health challenges for one reason: statins are weak anti-inflammatory agents. That is a good thing.
As my reader know, all mental illnesses are made worse by inflammation.
But what the article does NOT reveal are two important things:
Therefore: don’t give toxic statins to mental health patients because the negative are far greater than the positives and there are many more beneficial anti-inflammatory agents available aside from statins.