Lipids, Health, and Behavior
For years, physicians have advised their patients to reduce levels of serum cholesterol in order to decrease the chance of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Population studies, however, suggest that limiting cholesterol intake does not reduce overall mortality rates. Instead, although CVD rates do decrease, the incidence of violent death increases.
These startling, if somewhat tentative, results have augmented research into a significant area: the connection between lipid levels and human behavior. Lipids, Health, and Behavior presents a snapshot of the current state of knowledge in the field, as well as original research.
This book explores potentially critical connections between lipids and psychopathology (such as violence and schizophrenia) and the more complex interactions among lipids, behavior, and physical health. Lipids account for 50–60% of the dry weight of brain matter (cholesterol being only one of many type of lipids), and 40 years of research suggests that lipids are a key physiological mechanism influencing psychological outcomes.
A unique contribution to this young field of study, Lipids, Health, and Behavior will help shape the direction of continued investigation. Additionally, this multidisciplinary volume addresses concerns pertaining to a number of disciplines—including neurology, psychology, and cardiology—as well as implications for public health officials involved in shaping policy for the future.