Study Links Antidepressant Use To Increased Risk Of Diabetes
23 October 2013No Comments
Researchers involved in a new study have urged doctors to be extra vigilant when prescribing antidepressant drugs to patients, as the medications could pose an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. According to a systematic review conducted by researchers at the University of Southampton, people taking antidepressants had a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, a chronic disease associated with life-altering complications like nerve damage, blindness, kidney damage, osteoporosis, hearing impairment and more. If you have suffered Type 2 diabetes and you believe an antidepressant drug side effect to be the cause, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help. With our product liability lawyers on your side, you can pursue financial compensation for your alleged drug-related injuries and medical expenses.
Potential Risks of Antidepressant Drugs
During the antidepressant drug study, researchers examined the results of 22 previous studies and three previous systematic reviews that looked at the effects of antidepressants on diabetes risk. Overall, patients taking antidepressant drugs were more likely to have diabetes, and the researchers noted that different types of antidepressants may carry different risks. According to the findings of the study, which was published in Diabetes Care, there are “several plausible” reasons why antidepressant medications may be linked to an increased risk of diabetes. For example, antidepressant use is associated with significant weight gain, which is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Still though, several studies that have explored this association and adjusted for changes in body weight still observed an increased risk of diabetes, which suggests that other factors may be involved.
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According to Dr. Katharine Barnard, Health Psychologist from the University of Southampton, “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.” Richard Holt, a professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Southampton, adds: “While depression is an important clinical problem and antidepressants are effective treatments for this debilitating condition, clinicians need to be aware of the potential risk of diabetes, particularly when using antidepressants in higher doses or for longer duration.” In light of this risk, patients who believe they have been adversely affected by an antidepressant or another potentially dangerous medication should consult our reputable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to discuss their legal options.