Mental illness can lead to 20-years loss in life expectancy.
Risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases is more than 14 times higher in people with a mental illness than in the general population.
The risk of developing cardiac disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome or obesity is around 40% higher for people with depression.
The impacts on quality of life and recovery, can contribute towards a 20-year gap in life expectancy currently experienced.
Early intervention is the key to reduce the gap.
Engaging in lifestyle modification, such as engaging in more physical exercise, is one of the biggest experts suggestion, in addition of being aware that mental health and physical health are intrinsically linked, so any patient presenting with frequent somatic complaints requires a mental wellbeing assessment, while any patient with mental health problems needs a thorough physical check.