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How is diet related to schizophrenia?

People with mental disorders may be at increased risk of nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet. Poor diet is a major and modifiable cause of comorbid conditions, including metabolic syndrome and obesity. During pregnancy, it also contributes to the risk of developmental problems in the foetus.

What is the evidence for dietary patterns in people with schizophrenia?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests poor dietary patterns in people with schizophrenia, including decreased fibre and fruit intake, and increased saturated fat intake. People with schizophrenia may also have high LDL and low HDL blood levels, and increased fasting glucose.

Also see the treatments for weight gain topics (pharmaceutical and psychosocial), and the pharmaceutical side effects topic.

April 2016

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