Pilot lifestyle education intervention for patients with severe mental illness during the inpatient stay

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Psychotic Disorders Program, UMass Memorial Health Care; Department of Psychiatry; Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center; School of Medicine; Senior Scholars Program

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Letter to the Editor


Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Health Education and Promotion


Dear Editor,

Individuals diagnosed with a severe mental illness (SMI) hold a significantly increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (Teasdale et al., 2017; Gurusamy et al., 2018). Elevated cardiovascular risk for individuals diagnosed with SMI may be attributable to numerous factors, prominently including a cluster of clinical features that define the metabolic syndrome (MetS): abdominal adiposity, atherogenic dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired fasting glucose/ diabetes (Kucerova et al., 2015). The incidence rate of MetS and obesity among patients diagnosed with schizophrenia has been estimated to be as high as 54% and 40–50% respectively, twice that observed in the general population (Gurusamy et al., 2018;Fan et al., 2010).

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Asian J Psychiatr. 2019 Feb;40:15-17. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2019.01.005. Epub 2019 Jan 17. Link to article on publisher's site

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Asian journal of psychiatry


Carrie Wu participated in this study as a medical student in the Senior Scholars research program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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