Physical Health Burden Among Older Men and Women With Bipolar Disorder: Results From the Gage-Bd Collaboration

Osvaldo P. Almeida, Annemiek Dols, Machteld A.J.T. Blanken, Soham Rej, Hilary P. Blumberg, Luca Villa, Brent P. Forester, Orestes V. Forlenza, Ariel Gildengers, Eduard Vieta, Esther Jimenez, Benoit Mulsant, Sigfried Schouws, Shangying Tsai, Nicole C.M. Korten, Ashley Sutherland, Farren B.S. Briggs, Leon Flicker, Lisa T. Eyler, Martha Sajatovic

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Objectives: To compare the prevalence of physical morbidities among men and women with older adult bipolar disorder (OABD), and men with and without OABD. Methods: Cross-sectional analysis of the collaborative Global Aging & Geriatric Experiments in Bipolar Disorder (GAGE-BD) database and non-OABD data from the Health in Men Study. OABD defined as bipolar disorder among adults aged greater than or equal to 50 years. Outcomes of interest were diseases affecting the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, musculoskeletal and endocrinological systems. Results: We examined 1407 participants with OABD aged 50–95 years, of whom 787 were women. More women than men showed evidence of morbidities affecting the respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and endocrinological systems. More men with than without OABD showed evidence of cardiovascular, renal and endocrinological diseases. Conclusion: GAGE-BD data showed that physical morbidities affect more women than men with OABD, and more men with than without OABD. The underlying reasons for these differences require clarification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-732
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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