The impact of statins on psychological wellbeing: 12A systematic review and meta-analysis

O'Neil, Adrienne, Sanna, Livia, Redlich, Cassie, Sanderson, Kristy ORCID:, Jacka, Felice, Williams, Lana J., Pasco, Julie A. and Berk, Michael (2012) The impact of statins on psychological wellbeing: 12A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 10. ISSN 1741-7015

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Background: Cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may be beneficial for treating depression and improving mood. However, evidence regarding their effects remains inconsistent, with some studies reporting links to mood disturbances. We aimed to conduct a meta-analysis to determine the impact of statins on psychological wellbeing of individuals with or without hypercholesterolemia.  Methods: Articles were identified using medical, health, psychiatric and social science databases, evaluated for quality, and data were synthesized and analyzed in RevMan-5 software using a random effects model.  Results: The 7 randomized controlled trials included in the analysis represented 2,105 participants. A test for overall effect demonstrated no statistically significant differences in psychological wellbeing between participants receiving statins or a placebo (standardized mean difference (SMD) = -0.08, 95% CI -0.29 to 0.12; P = 0.42). Sensitivity analyses were conducted to separately analyze depression (n = 5) and mood (n = 2) outcomes; statins were associated with statistically significant improvements in mood scores (SMD = -0.43, 95% CI -0.61 to -0.24).  Conclusions: Our findings refute evidence of negative effects of statins on psychological outcomes, providing some support for mood-related benefits. Future studies could examine the effects of statins in depressed populations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-inflammatory,cytokines,depression,hypercholesterolemia,mood,oxidative,statins,medicine(all),sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2021 00:18
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 03:02
DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-10-154

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