Antipsychotics During Pregnancy Raise Diabetes Risk

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Swedish researchers find, in a study of all women giving birth in Sweden from July 1, 2005 through December 31, 2009 that those taking antipsychotics (n = 507) were more likely to experience gestational diabetes. Their children were more at risk for low birth weight, length and head circumference, but these results “seemed to be an effect of confounders, such as smoking.” Results appeared in Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Boden, R., Lundgren, M., et al; “Antipsychotics During Pregnancy: Relation to Fetal and Maternal Metabolic Effects.” Archives of General Psychiatry. July 2012, Vol. 69(7):715-721

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]