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Bone thinning and “Schizophrenia” – What Are The Risks?

Osteoporosis (bone thinning)  is defined by the WHO World Health Organisation as bone mineral density of more than 2.5 standard deviations below the mean value for peak bone mass in young adults – measured by dual energy x ray absorptiometry (DEXA).   It has been discovered that high rates of Osteoporosis (bone thinning) in “Schizophrenia” may result from the prolactin raising effects of some anti psychotics.  Prolactin is a protein secreted by the pituitary gland.  Osteoporosis is hereditary.  So, if you’re taking anti psychotic medication or have taken it in the past, it’s surely  worth going to your Doctor to discuss this link.  I’ve searched the NHS Choices website to see if Osteoporosis is listed as a side effect of anti psychotics but haven’t found any information.  I’ve contacted DataPharm, who provide the information, for their comment.   More soon.

 

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National Osteoporosis Society Stop At One :: Check your risk

NOS Stop At One :: Check your risk.

It’s worth checking your risk factors for Osteoporosis – brittle bones – and one of these is mental health medication especially medication for psychosis.  Use the link above to take the short quiz and find out if you could be at risk.

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