Five steps to reduce cardiometabolic disease in people with psychosis

The ‘sobering disparity’ in lifespan between people with psychosis and the general population underlines the need for routine screening for co-morbidities, such as diabetes, specialists say.

In a new position statement, the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) says the shorter-than-average life expectancy of people with severe mental illness is due largely to premature cardiovascular death.

The mean age of death for men with psychotic illness is 45 years and for women with psychotic illness 47 years, compared with 79 and 84 years,