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Cardiovascular, Respiratory Disease Among Top Causes of Death in Adults With Schizophrenia

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry reports that adults with schizophrenia die at 3.5 times the rate of the general U.S. population. While this increased risk of mortality was distributed across multiple diseases, it was particularly elevated for cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and suicide.“The findings… highlight the need to focus on interventions that target lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and poor diet, treat medical risk factors such as hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, and assertively manage physical comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease,” wrote John McGrath, M.D., Ph.D.,...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Wednesday, 4 November, 2015

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