Antidepressants and Diabetes Risk

Kermit Cole
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A meta-analysis by researchers from the U.K. finds an association between antidepressant use and a modestly increased risk of diabetes. “Our research shows that when you take away all the classic risk factors of type 2 diabetes; weight gain, lifestyle, etc., there is something about antidepressants that appears to be an independent risk factor,” says one author. “This potential increased risk is worrying.” The authors note that the studies reviewed were inconsistent, and that a causal link could not be established. Results appear in the October issue of Diabetes Care.

Abstract →

Barnard, K., Peveler, R., Holt, R.; Antidepressant Medication as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes and Impaired Glucose Regulation. Diabetes Care. October 2013 vol. 36 no. 10 3337-3345. doi: 10.2337/dc13-0560

Of further interest:
Is there a link between taking antidepressants and diabetes? (WebMD)
Antidepressant drugs linked to type 2 diabetes and other health problems (All Voices)

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Kermit Cole
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]