Health facts: Could statins also be used to treat depression?

Statins are used to lower cholesterol levels but are now being tested as a treatment for depression

STATINS, which are commonly prescribed for lowering cholesterol, are now being tested as a treatment for depression.

Previous research suggests that people taking statins have a reduced risk of the condition.

In a preliminary study with 50 volunteers without depression, researchers from the University of Oxford are now looking at this, analysing the impact of statins on emotion using tests that analyse different expressions.

They will also check the volunteers' levels of the C-reactive protein, which is a marker for inflammation, and which is increasingly associated with depression, recent research suggests.

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