Psychiatric disorders linked with higher risk for heart disease, diabetes death

One in five American adults has a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Recent research has linked inflammation seen in people with mental health disorders with a higher risk for other health problems, including COVID-19.

The findings are based on an analysis of data from national registries in Sweden that included information on more than 1 million people born between 1932 and 1995 

who had been diagnosed with chronic lung diseases, heart disease and diabetes.

About one-third of the participants had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, the researchers said.

People with substance use disorder were up to 10 times more likely to die within five years of being diagnosed with a chronic physical health condition, the data showed.

In addition, those depression had a seven-fold higher risk for death within five years of receiving a diagnosis.

Improved assessment, treatment and follow-up care for those with mental health disorders could reduce the risk for early death from chronic conditions, Fazel and his colleagues said.

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