Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Type 2 Risk
Science has shown that adults using antipsychotic medications are at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, and now research suggests the meds may have the same effect on children. Antipsychotic medications are most commonly used in children to treat attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, or mood disorders such as depression. Scientists studied over 43,000 kids and young people between the ages of 6 and 24, more than half of whom had recently started treatment with antipsychotics as well as those taking other psychiatric medications. The use of such medications was linked to a threefold increase in type 2 diabetes risk. Participants’ risk was raised within the first year of starting the drugs, increased with greater doses, and remained for up to a year after discontinuing use. Previous research in adults suggests the medications raise type 2 risk by increasing weight gain, glucose levels, and insulin resistance.
Source: JAMA Psychiatry, published online Aug. 21, 2013