Journal of Forensic Toxicology & PharmacologyISSN: 2325-9841

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Research Article, J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol Vol: 3 Issue: 1

Investigation of Cholesterol Level and Body Mass Index of Completed Suicide Victims

Şafak Taktak1*, Ayla Ünsal2, Mustafa Karakuş3 and Sevil Biçer4
1Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine Departments, Ahi Evran University Education and Research Hospital, Kırşehir, Turkey
2Nursing Department, School of Health, Turkey
3Forensic Medicine and Emergency Departments, Tunceli State Hospital, Tunceli, Turkey
4Nursing Department, School of Health, Ahi Evran University, Turkey
Corresponding author : Dr. Şafak Taktak
Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine Departments, Ahi Evran University Education and Research Hospital, Kırşehir, Turkey, 40100
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 26, 2013 Accepted: February 24, 2014 Published: March 03, 2014
Citation: Taktak Ş, Ünsal A, Karakuş M, Biçer S (2014) Investigation of Cholesterol Level and Body Mass Index of Completed Suicide Victims. J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol 3:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9841.1000114

Abstract

Investigation of Cholesterol Level and Body Mass Index of Completed Suicide Victims

The aim of this study was to investigate the cholesterol level and Body Mass Index (BMI) of completed suicide victims. Ninety cases that were consecutively referred to the Forensic Medicine Institute Morgue Department were included in the study based on evaluations of death examinations and autopsies based on psychological autopsies. Information was obtained from court documents and interviews with the suicide victims’ relatives. Blood samples of the individuals were examined within 48 hours. The data were analyzed using Mann-Whitney U tests and Pearson Correlation. Most of the victims were male (68.9%) and the most frequent suicide method was hanging (61.1%). It was determined that in 86.7% of the cases the victims had attempted suicide for the first time resulting in completed suicide.

Keywords: Body mass index; Cholesterol; Completed suicide; Turkey

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