Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Schizophrenia and mortality

A review of existing research in the Archives of General Psychiatry has found that people with schizophrenia are falling behind others when it comes to longevity, being 2.5 times more likely to die early than other people. Suicide was the biggest risk with people suffering from schizophrenia being almost thirteen times more likely to kill themselves. Schizophrenia also raised the death rate from cardiovascular diseases as new medications can cause weight gain and type 2 diabetes. People with schizophrenia are also prone to engage in high-risk behaviour such as drug-taking.

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