Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Diabetes
Those living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are highly susceptible to developing diabetes.
- poor diet
- lack of exercise
- weight gain from antipsychotic medications
But diabetes management is a great concern, especially when a person has schizophrenia. Diabetes management can be very layered and complicated and as anyone with schizophrenia knows, psychosis does not exactly make it easy to manage the basics of life, much less an illness as complicated as diabetes.
Those with bipolar disorder have similar problems based on their moods.
Having said this, there is NO question that those with schizophrenia are at a much higher risk of diabetes than the general psychiatric community due to:
- higher rates of smoking cigarettes
- very poor diets in some cases
- a lack of exercise
and a thought disorder that can make it very hard for self-care.
Last Updated: 11 March 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD