study of 41 patients with bipolar disorder, 34 patients with major depression, or controls
- all patients had significantly lower HDL-C values than control subjects
- Increased TG levels were found in patients with bipolar disorder compared to healthy subjects.
- no differences in the cholestrol and LDL-C levels and body mass index
- significant differences in the ratios of cholesterol/HDL-C and LDL- C/HDL-C values (atherogenic index) among groups.
- conclusion: low HDL-C levels and high atherogenic index might be a hallmark of affective disorders