Journal article

Metabolic syndrome in people with a psychotic illness: is cannabis protective?

A Waterreus, P Di Prinzio, GF Watts, D Castle, C Galletly, VA Morgan

Psychological Medicine | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Rates of the metabolic syndrome in people with psychotic illness are high. Emerging evidence suggests that cannabis use may have a positive impact on cardiometabolic risk factors in the general population, but little is known about its impact for people with psychotic illness. Our aim was to investigate whether the rate of the metabolic syndrome in people with psychotic illness was associated with frequency of cannabis use. METHOD: The 2010 Australian psychosis survey used a two-phase design to randomly select a nationally representative sample of 1825 adults with psychotic illness for interview and physical assessment. This study is based on 1813 participants who provided data o..

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