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Las Personas con Enfermedad Mental Grave Pueden Estar en Riesgo para la Obesidad y la Diabetes

Un estudio financiado por el Instituto Nacional de la Investigación sobre la Discapacidad, Vida Independiente, y Rehabilitación.


People with Serious Mental Illness May Be at Risk for Obesity and Diabetes

Serious mental illnesses (SMI) are conditions like schizophrenia, depression, or bipolar disorder. In past studies, people with SMI have reported more physical health problems than people without SMI. In particular, they may have a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese, as well as a higher risk of diabetes. According to some researchers, these problems may be caused by side effects of medications taken to treat SMI, but they could also be due to high-fat/low-fiber diets or a lack of exercise.


Can a Chronic Disease Diagnosis Motivate Healthy Lifestyle Changes?

According to the U.S. Census, an estimated 80% of adults 65 and older have at least one chronic disease, and about half have at least two. Some of the most common chronic diseases include diabetes, heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and stroke. These conditions can lead to disabilities which may impact people’s ability to live, work, and participate independently in their communities. People can reduce the impact of these chronic diseases by engaging in healthy behaviors as they age.


Which health problems are most common for people aging with physical disabilities?

As the population ages, many people are growing older with physical disabilities they were either born with or acquired when they were younger, such as muscular dystrophy (MD), multiple sclerosis (MS), or spinal cord injury (SCI). In the general population, people have a higher risk of developing chronic health problems such as heart disease and cancer as they get older. Older adults with physical disabilities may have an even higher risk of health problems than their peers without disabilities for various reasons, including limited mobility and barriers to healthcare.


RehabWire - Volumen 8, Número 10, Noviembre 2006


La diabetes

RehabWire examina a la diabetes, tanto como una discapacidad, así como una condición secundaria de discapacidades existentes.

Los concesionarios de NIDRR en la posición de vanguardia.

RehabWire - Volume 8, Number 10, November 2006



RehabWire looks at diabetes, both as a disability, and as a secondary condition to existing disabilities.

NIDRR Grantees on the Cutting Edge.

The Effects of Diabetes on the Benefits of Exercise after Stroke, Patricia M. Kluding, PT, PhD (H133F050006). A. Cate Miller, PhD, Project Officer.

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