Comorbid Issues and Schizophrenia
Shocking statistics have surfaced over the health of schizophrenia patients. It turns out that many of them are not getting treatment for other health problems, and they’re losing as much as twenty years of life because of the neglect. Take this figures for example:
40% of patients with frank diabetes were not under treatment.
65% of those with hypertension were not getting any anti-hypertensive drugs.
90% of those with high cholesterol and triglycerides were not being treated.
According to John Newcomer, M.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, the situation is distressing.
“The take-home message for a clinician is that among patients with schizophrenia who are presenting for treatment there are a substantial proportion who have hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, overweight, and obesity,” he said in an interview.