Antidepressants Linked To Type 2 Diabetes – A Study

A new study carried out by Lauren Brown, a researcher with University of AntidepressantAlberta’s School of Public Health, Canada has revealed that those who take certain medications in order to treat their depressive moods (depression) are at higher risk of having ‘Type 2 diabetes.’

Lauren, whose study was released recently in Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice, stated that people having depression history had a 30% higher risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who have no histories of the disease.

Brown analyzed the medical history of about 2,400 people diagnosed with depression and taking antidepressants, and found that around 10% of the patients were taking two medications including tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) simultaneously. This doubles up their chances of having diabetes as compared to the patients consuming single medication.

She said that patients are normally prescribed multiple medications if they are suffering from severe depressive condition of finding difficulty in choosing the suitable therapy.

Brown thinks that the recent results, and outcomes of earlier studies representing an augmented risk of type 2 diabetes in people with depression, highlight the requirement for regular screening for type 2 diabetes in people with depression, mainly those taking more than one antidepressant.

She also promotes diabetes and depression organizations to instruct their members about this relation.

"Depression can be so debilitating," said Brown. "There's decreased motivation, weight gain, some people can barely get out of bed in the morning, so you obviously don't take care of yourself (physically) the way you would if you weren't depressed."