Mental disorders reduce life expectancy 10 years in men and 7 years in women

An investigation by experts from the University of Aarhus (Denmark), led by Dr. Oleguer Plana-Ripoll, concludes mental disorders reduce life expectancy in men and women after analyzing registration data of 7.4 million people who They lived in Denmark between 1995 and 2015.

The results of the study, published in The Lancet, they deepen the types of disorders and their incidence in mortality rates. Specifically, the researchers indicate that The average life expectancy is respectively 10 and 7 years shorter for men and women who suffer from some type of mental disorder – depression, anxiety disorders or substance use disorders – After the diagnosis of the disease compared to a person of the same age who does not suffer from any type of pathology.

"It was already known that people with mental disorders die before the general population. However, For the first time, we present a thorough investigation in which we study mortality in specific types of mental disorders using new ways of measuring life expectancy more accurate than those used to date, "explains Dr. Oleguer Plana-Ripoll, lead author of the study.

"For example, the people with depression or other mood disorder, which are among the most common mental disorders, they had higher mortality rates. In addition to an increased risk of death from suicide, we also confirm a increased risk of death from conditions such as cancer, respiratory diseases, diabetes, etc … ", adds the researcher

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