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hope7951 posted:
People living with mental illness are often at higher risk for heart disease and much of that risk is preventable.

People living with mental illness are more likely to have classic heart-risk factors , such as cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and hypertension (high blood pressure), some of which can be compounded by some antipsychotic medications.

America is having an epidemic of diabetes according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Unfortunately, the risk is greater for people living with mental illness, especially those taking second-generation atypical antipsychotic medications (SGAs) . Another issue to be aware of is metabolic syndrome , a condition that can be a precursor to diabetes .
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