Antipsychotic Medicine & Diabetes
The Question: Does the use of antipsychotics by adolescents increase their risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
The Study: In this Danish study, 48,300 youth with psychiatric diseases were followed to determine if they developed type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. About 15% of the youths (7,253) were treated with antipsychotic medications.
The Results: Fifty-two of the treated youth (0.72%) developed diabetes compared to 111 (0.27%) of youth not given an antipsychotic medicine. Girls treated with antipsychotics were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than were boys, and the older the child, the greater the chances of becoming diabetic.
Comment: Children on antipsychotic medication should be monitored for diabetes. However, since the number of youth who developed diabetes is so small (less than 1%), it’s hard to know the significance of this study.
Read More: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 09/14
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Sagall, R. (2015). Antipsychotic Medicine & Diabetes. Pediatrics for Parents. Retrieved on September 21, 2017, from http://www.pedsforparents.com/diabetes/103530/antipsychotic-medicine-and-diabetes/