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Diabetes Risk Higher In Relatives of Psychosis Patients.

Relatives of patients with schizophrenia are at higher risk of developing diabetes, researchers in the Netherlands have revealed.A study conducted by Hanneke van Welie, and colleagues found that the relatives of patients with non-affective psychotic disorders were 1.6 times more likely to have diabetes than relatives of individuals without psychosis.

Researchers discovered that the prevalence of diabetes was considerably higher among the first-, second-, and third-degree relatives of patients with psychosis (6.1 per cent) than in those of controls (3.6 per cent).

However, the difference in diabetes rates was even greater among relatives of psychosis patients over the age of 50 years.The researchers said the elevated risk of diabetes mellitus in the absence of psychosis and antipsychotic medication suggests that familial factors play a role.

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