Tag: life expectancy

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I Just Want to Stick Around for Awhile

On Saturday I went to Weight Watchers for my weekly weigh-in. I weighed 263 lbs. Based on past posts, many of you understand how frustrated, angry and disheartened I felt when I looked at that scale. My Weight Loss and Gains Here’s a quick history of my weight loss journey, which you can see in the graph below. I joined…

Increase Life Expectancy – Throwback Thursday

Today’s Throwback is from March 13, 2014 Average Life Expectancy The life expectancy of those with bipolar disorder is 9.2 years less than the U.S. national average, but don’t sit back and think there’s nothing you can do about it. The likely reasons for the shorter life are: Higher suicide Greater Risk of Chronic Disease Lack of Medical Care Medical…

Life Expectancy Shorter For Mental Illness Than Cigarette Smokers

Statistically Speaking Regarding Life Expectancy We’ve heard this before, but here it is again – those who live with mental illness have a lower life expectancy than the national average. A previous report I cited back in March stated that the life expectancy of a person with bipolar disorder is 9 years less than the national average. Here’s a new…

Increase Life Expectancy – It’s Up To You

This week I’ve written about how to increase life expectancy of those with bipolar disorder being 9.2 years less than the U.S. national average. I touched on what you can do to close that gap. Having BP can be a daily struggle just to perform “normal” activities. The last thing I want to hear is despite overcoming obstacles my entire…

Life Expectancy And Bipolar: Must We Die So Young?

I’ve touched on the issue of people with bipolar disorder having shorter life expectancy before, but upon doing some research I feel the need to go into it a little deeper. First of all, is it true? The bad news is the answer is “yes.” According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people diagnosed with bipolar disorder have an…