Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mental Health Premature Death

I have written about this subject in previous blogs. Here it is in the news again. This article about premature death and mental illness is a study done in the United Kingdom. This article say people with schizophrenia or bipolar have a substantially raised risk of premature death. They looked at death records from 1999 to 2006. They found that the mortality rate for patients with these types of mental illness was double the average for the population.
That is double the average of most people without mental illness. “For schizophrenics, the risk was raised by 60 percent in 1999, but more than twofold by 2006. For people with bipolar disorder, it was 30 percent higher in 1999, and ninety percent higher by 2006.” It seems it gets worse as the years go by. They say: “About three-quarters of all deaths were classed as natural causes. Circulatory disease and respiratory disease were the main components of this increase.” They say what they believe is the cause of these deaths. Now they have to find a way to stop the increase.
They say they need a better understanding of what causes this early death. “The team reviewed 37 studies based in 25 countries and found that most of the major causes of death were elevated in people with schizophrenia, and this has “worsened in recent decades.” It seems to affect men and women equally.” It affects people with schizophrenia and bipolar. They affect quite a number of people who fit those two mental illnesses. They do not think that people with schizophrenia have benefited from improvements in health outcome.
The article states: “They point out that several of the newer, second generation antipsychotic drugs can trigger metabolic syndrome, which is associated with a two- to threefold increase in death from cardiovascular disease and a twofold increase in deaths from all causes combined.” The medication has a little to do with it. They will keep studying, but they say it may take decades to find out if it is the weight gain caused by the medication. It is not very good news.

12 comments:

  1. I am schizoaffective. In 2003 I was told by a physician that I would die a premature death because I was so overweight. She said that complications from diseases caused by my obesity would cause my death. But in 1999 I had a checkup from a doctor and was told that I was in peak health. The difference was that in 2000 I went on an anti-psychotic Zyprexa that caused enormous weight gain, urges to binge on unhealthy food and decreased my desire to exercise. By 2003 I had high blood pressure, high triglicerides, and high cholesterol. Indeed, I was on a path to death. I was only 33.

    In 2007 I changed my anti-psychotic to Geodone that does not cause weight gain and I have very slowly been loosing weight over the years.

    Now I'm pretty healthy but I still don't exercise enough. Schizophrenia makes it hard to be motivated. I suffer from negative symptoms.

    Good post, take care.

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