People with schizophrenia are dying younger

People that suffer from schizophrenia are dying a lot younger. Their mortality rate is climbing every single year. According to a study, people with schizophrenia die eight years earlier than people that do not have schizophrenia. There is evidence that shows people with the condition do not get the same level of care as people that do not have the condition.

Key Takeaways:

  • People with schizophrenia have many cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, smoking and sedentary lifestyle, but are more burdened by these risk factors than those without schizophrenia.
  • The study showed that individuals with schizophrenia had higher rates of death for all causes including cardiovascular diseases and chronic medical conditions.
  • People with schizophrenia have a mortality rate that is three times greater each year than those without schizophrenia.

“Medications used to treat schizophrenia can cause weight gain and the development of diabetes.”