Cholesterol-lowering statins might cause aggression, suggests a new study published in PLOS ONE. But only if you’re a woman.

“Many studies have linked low cholesterol to increased risk of violent actions and death from violence, defined as death from suicide, accident and homicide,” said lead author Beatrice Golomb. She said most clinical trials that monitored statin use, mostly in men, showed very little increase in violent death, so she and her research team wanted to study the aggression factor.

The study found women who use statins to lower blood cholesterol levels become more aggressive, whereas men will become less aggressive.


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