People With Schizophrenia ‘Face More Health Risks’

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A mental health support group says people with schizophrenia have the worst physical health profile in Australia.

Australians with schizophrenia are 50 per cent more likely to die from a heart attack, 20 per cent more likely to get cancer and have a lifespan of 25 years less than the average Australian.

There are an estimated 200,000 Australians with schizophrenia.

The Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales says the physical health of those with schizophrenia has not improved in the last 100 years.

“If it was any other group there would be screams about it in the street,” chief executive Rob Ramjan said.

“It is the physical  issues that are killing them, not the mental health illness.”

by Nonee Walsh, ABC News

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