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Cardiorespiratory fitness is an important risk factor

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 22 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1152
  1. Michael Beary, consultant psychiatrist1,
  2. Hiram J Wildgust, retired neurochemist2
  1. 1Priory Hospital North London, London N14 6RA, UK
  2. 2Hiram Consulting, Pontefract, UK
  1. bren.mikebeary{at}

Our research has shown that schizophrenia is associated with a 25 year reduction in life expectancy.1 The top four mortality risk factors were low fitness, hypertension, smoking, and diabetes. The World Health Organization identified these same top four risk factors in the general population.2 Blair reported that physical …

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