Thursday, March 27, 2008

Depression and diabetes

A study of 2,400 residents of Saskatchewan, Canada, who were diagnosed with depression and who were taking antidepressants has found that they had a 30% increased risk of type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. The participants in the study were divided into four groups : those who took older, tricyclic antidepressants ; those who took newer SSRI antidepressants ; those who took a combination of older and newer drugs and those in the process of switching from one medication to another. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes was almost doubled for those patients who were using a combination of older and newer antidepressants. People are usually prescribed more than one type of medication if they have severe depression or if they are having a problem finding the right therapy.

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