What is the role of diet and exercise in the treatment of schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Many psychotropic medications can cause weight gain and changes in glucose or lipid metabolism. Occasionally, a person with schizophrenia develops odd food preferences. Finally, many persons with schizophrenia have limited funds, do not cook for themselves, and live in areas where fast food outlets are abundant. Therefore, nutritional counseling is difficult but important.

Because many psychotropic medications are associated with weight gain, and because of the many beneficial effects of exercise, persons with schizophrenia should be encouraged to be as physically active as possible.


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