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Antipsychotics Found to Increase Type 2 Diabetes in Young People

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in News | 0 comments

ThorazineOne class of drugs already known to increase the risk of diabetes is the older antipsychotics, but now there is emerging evidence that even the newer antipsychotics, such as Zipradisone, may increase the risk of diabetes in young people.

It has been known for a long time that antipsychotics increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults, but children up until recently haven’t been extensively studied. Now research from the University of South Carolina School of Public Health reveals that almost the entire class of newer antipsychotics can also induce diabetes in children and teenagers.

Considering that the last 2 decades has seen a proliferation of indiscriminate use of antipsychotics, there is great concern that the side effects of these drugs have been neglected.

It’s important for all consumers who are prescribed these drugs to know the side effects, but as of today there are still few alternatives to antipsychotics for people who have mental problems. A drastic change in lifestyle is still one of the best options for lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Contributed by Dr. Steven Bhimji, M.D.

Source: American Diabetes Association (ADA) 72nd Scientific Sessions. Abstract #17-OR. Presented June 8, 2012.
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