"Disparities in physical health outcomes for people with mental illness are currently viewed as a human rights scandal," said Joseph Firth, a research fellow at the University of Manchester and chair of the Lancet Psychiatry Commission, which published the research.
His team analyzed nearly 100 studies and found that most people with mental illness die early because of suicide – although these accounts for about 17% of unnatural deaths – but because of "poor physical health" that could be largely preventable
People with mental health disorders face up to twice the risk of cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes and stroke, researchers found. In people with depression, for example, the risk of heart disease, diabetes or obesity is about 40% higher than in the general population
Mental illness can increase the risk of physical illness, and physical illness itself increases the risk of mental sickness, Firth said. "Having obesity or diabetes increases your risk of developing a psychiatric condition, and vice versa."
Sometimes, that's because treatments for mental illness can trigger or worsen physical health problems. The report found, for example, that many drugs used to treat mental illnesses ̵
"As a result, patients who gain weight have a reduced adherence to treatment, which can lead to relapse and poor mental health outcomes, "the report said. The drugs still "do more good than harm," Firth added, but he stressed that doctors need to monitor and manage any adverse effects
People with mental illness receive poor care
Almost all mental Some people with mental illness tend to have more unhealthy lifestyles compared to the general population, "the report found.