Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness: Interactions, Pathophysiology, Assessment and Treatment

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Individuals with serious mental illness often are overweight, smoke, and receive minimal medical attention, all of which puts them at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Only during the past decade, following the introduction of secondgeneration antipsychotics, has there been significant attention to these issues. In fact, the combination of such elements has been a topic of study within internal medicine for many years and was initially labeled “Syndrome X” by Gerald Reaven.

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(1):146-147