The study followed over six million individuals from 2003 to 2009, of whom 8 277 had schizophrenia, by analysing the Swedish population and health registers.
The results show that people with schizophrenia had contact with the health service over twice as often as people without the condition, but they were no more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or cancer.
“Yet we saw an opposing pattern of death from these diseases. It is clear that the health service is failing to diagnose cardiovascular disease and cancer in these patients,” says Jan Sundquist, general practitioner and professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care Research at Lund University.
I saw this before I got this illness, and though that it was sad schizophrenics would have a shorter life expectancy even with what they have to go through. Now I see it as a blessing of sorts that we don’t have to suffer through this illness longer than most people would.
With the high rates of smoking, high drug and alcohol abuse rates, poor diets, poor exercise habits, high obesity rates, high diabetes rates, and high suicide rates among the mentally ill, it’s no wonder that we have shorter life expectancies.
Ubfortunately i have known this since day one. I mean our medications aren’t the best for your body and can cause irreversible damage. Schizophrenia causes you to be lazy and sedentary. Suicide rates are higher as well as homeless rates. Most aspects of this illness just aren’t well. Some people did drugs before their schizophrenia too. I don’t know if I’d want s shorter or longer life tbh. Just a decent life without my illness getting further out of control.