Mental illness cuts men’s lifespan short

Researchers investigated deaths among a cohort of nearly 38,000 men who were aged 65–85 in 1996–98, finding those with severe mental ill-health (5.8%) had double the mortality risk of other men over 14 years of follow-up.

By the end of 2010, more than 19,600 of the cohort had died. Age-adjusted life expectancy was reduced an average two years for men with schizophrenia, 1.1 years for bipolar disorder, 2.8 years for depression and 3.1 years for alcohol-induced disorder, found the investigators from WA and Queensland.

The researchers said the underlying reasons for excess mortality may include