Children on Antipsychotics at Risk for Weight Gain and Diabetes

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From U.S. News: “Children and adolescents treated with antipsychotic medications experience weight gain and develop an increased risk of diabetes, according to a new study.

The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday, found that kids aged 6 to 18 who were treated with antipsychotics for as a little as 12 weeks became less sensitive to insulin, increasing their risk of diabetes, and gained a significant amount of body fat.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The headline should be “Pretty Much Nobody Cares that Children on Antipsychotics are at Risk for Weight Gain and Diabetes” and proof of that is the fact they continue destroying children’s health wile calling the disabling effects “improvements”.

    I read the article and

    “Behavioral improvements were observed with all treatments.” They consider shuffling, drooling or the zombie flat affect an “improvement”. Are they saying destroying a child’s health is worth it ?

    “Dr. John Newcomer, principal investigator and professor of integrated medical science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, said in the release that researchers knew children taking antipsychotics gained fat and had an increased risk of diabetes, but before this research “no one had connected those dots through a pathway involving increases in body fat and decreases in insulin sensitivity.”

    No dude, lots of people connected those dots many did it decades ago.