Antipsychotics increase diabetes risk in youth

May 2015   Comments

Taking antipsychotics nearly doubles the risk of a young person developing diabetes, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed Medicaid data on more than 1.3 million Americans age 10 to 18 who were diagnosed with mental health problems. Those who didn’t take antipsychotics had a one in 400 chance of developing diabetes. After patients started taking antipsychotics, that risk rose to one in 260, and to one in 200 for those who also took antidepressants. The authors note that powerful antipsychotics are increasingly prescribed to children and youth who don’t have major psychotic disorders, to control their disruptive behaviours.

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