Type 2 diabetes risk increased by antidepressants

Thu, 27 Mar 2008
According to a researcher at the University of Alberta, those people that take particular medication for depression could be facing a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes .

A study published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reportedly drew parallels between history of depression and diabetes risk. Lauren Brown, the researcher behind the study, analysed the results of just under 2,500 people. The more antidepressant medication a person took, Brown found, the more likely they were to develop type 2 diabetes. Medication included SSRIs.

Brown was reported as commenting: "Depression can be so debilitating. There's decreased motivation, weight gain, some people can barely get out of bed in the morning, so you obviously don't take care of yourself (physically) the way you would if you weren't depressed ."

Diabetes and depression have long been associated with each other, and are symbiotic in that diabetics who are depressed tend to be less accurate with diabetes care, potentially leading to greater depression. Check back on Diabetes.co.uk, because we will shortly be releasing a Mind, Body and Spirit section to aid diabetics who are feeling uncertain, stressed or depressed .
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