Children on Antipsychotics at Risk for Weight Gain and Diabetes


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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    • Hi Someone Else,

      I’m writing an investigative story on antipsychotics and diabetes. I noticed some of your comments on other articles related to antipsychotics here.

      I’m looking for folks who took Abilify, Zyprexa, or another med for any reason (including depression, sleep, ASD, dementia) and then developed diabetes or other serious metabolic issues. I wonder do you or someone you know have experiences with this issue?

      This is happening more and more but rarely discussed. I’m hoping to find a range of sources from pediatric to elderly to show the scope of the problem.

      I have experience working with sources on sensitive mental health topics. I’m happy to protect your identity if needed. I’d love to know if you’d like to connect.

      All my best,

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  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.

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