Schizophrenics have a high probability of suffering cardiovascular complications due to the presence of risk factors such as: smoking, obesity, etc. Therefore, they have worse health than the population in general. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder where the patient experiences that his mental processes and his will are not under control.
A study, whose results are published in the journal "European Psychiatry" show that the causes that cause higher risk of suffering cardiovascular problems are hypercholesterolemia and triglycerides, along with a minimum follow-up of recommendations in the diet and weight loss.
In the trials, clinical analyzes were carried out, such as: measurement of weight, height, heart rate, electrocardiograms, and so on, to 733 patients suffering from schizophrenia between December 2004 and May 2005.
The results of the study were clear: 66% of the participants in the study had hypercholesterolemia, 26% had high triglyceride levels and 8% had diabetes.
Miquel Bernardo, director of the Schizophrenia Program at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, comments that "the mortality rate of people with schizophrenia is between 2 and 3 times higher than the general population", due to the higher risk of suffering cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious complications , which can be three times higher than that of healthy people.