People with metabolic syndrome are five times more likely than
healthy adults to develop diabetes and twice as likely to develop
Although metabolic syndrome affects nearly a quarter of all
Americans — roughly 50 million people — those with mental
illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are especially
vulnerable. Antipsychotic medications in particular can cause
significant weight gain. Other contributing factors include
smoking, inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise, and limited
access to quality health care.
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