Anti-depressants increase the risk of Diabetes.

diabetesantidepressantsA study originating from the U.K., published in the journal Diabetes Care, has categorically linked anti-depressants to an increased of . In the U.K. alone 46.7 million prescriptions have been issued in 2011. The study consisted of a review of 22 studies and 3 reviews that examined the link between anti-depressants and diabetic .

Dr Katharine Barnard, Health Psychologist from the , comments: “Antidepressants are used widely in the UK, with a significant increase in their use recently. Our shows that when you take away all the classic factors of ; weight gain, lifestyle etc, there is something about antidepressants that appears to be an independent factor. With 46 million prescriptions a year, this potential increased is worrying. Heightened alertness to the possibility of diabetes in people taking antidepressants is necessary until further is conducted.”

Richard Holt, Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the , adds: “While depression is an important clinical problem and antidepressants are effective treatments for this debilitating condition, clinicians need to be aware of the potential of diabetes, particularly when using antidepressants in higher doses or for longer duration. When prescribing antidepressants, doctors should be aware of this and take steps to monitor for diabetes and reduce that of diabetes through lifestyle modification.”


K. Barnard, R. C. Peveler, R. I. G. Holt. Antidepressant Medication as a Factor for and Impaired Glucose Regulation: Systematic review. Diabetes Care, 2013; 36 (10): 3337 DOI: 10.2337/dc13-0560

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