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Current Hypertension Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-4021
ISSN (Online): 1875-6506

Mental Health Patients at High Risk for Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease: An Australian Perspective

Author(s): Susanne H. Stanley and Jonathan D.E. Laugharne

Volume 7 , Issue 3 , 2011

Page: [160 - 164] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/1573402111107030160

Price: $58


In Australia, rates of obesity in the general population are on the rise. The growing incidence of obesity and higher rates of metabolic syndrome in mental health patients places this group of people at a much higher risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Treatment effects via psychotropic medications, and lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise suggests that attention needs to be drawn to this vulnerable population. Assessment and the ongoing monitoring of physical health is essential in the prevention of major physical illness in people with a mental disorder.

Keywords: Mental illness, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, psychotropic medications

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