Schizophrenics are more likely to die of heart diseaseNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:45 am ICT by admin
The other important factor for hindering the preventive care is medication non-compliance.
The research points out that at least half of people with schizophrenia would stop taking antipsychotic medication at some point, so clinicians might assume that compliance with other medications would also be poor.
The Harvard Mental Health Letter suggested that with the following ways people with schizophrenia could lower their heart risk, with assistance from clinicians and loved ones.
The ways include-controlling the food environment, i.e. advocating for healthier choices in institutional settings, such as group homes and day treatment programs and keeping healthier foods at home. Being, aware of liquid calories, i.e. considering a low-calorie alternative to soda, preferably water.
The Letter also suggested that family members and clinicians should not turn a blind eye when people with schizophrenia adopt detrimental health habits, such as smoking or indulging in high-calorie foods, simply because these patients face other difficult challenges.
The study is published in the November 2007 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter. (ANI)
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