Behavioral Drugs May Triple Kids' Risk of Diabetes
Anti-psychotics cause weight gain, increased insulin resistance: study
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
Seroquel tablets.   (AP Photo/AstraZeneca)

(Newser) – Anti-psychotic drugs, used to treat behavioral disorders in children, may actually be tripling their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Those who took Abilify, Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa were three times more at risk than those who took other drugs for the same issues, USA Today reports, via a 12-year study in JAMA Psychiatry. Scarier still: The risk jumps within the first year of taking the drugs and continues up to a year after use, proving it's not just long-term use that's a problem, researchers say.

Though only 106 children and youth were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes of the 29,000 in the drug group and 14,400 in the control group, the heightened risk is still a big deal, the Business Standard reports. What's behind it? Weight gain (an added 20 to 30 pounds), changes in metabolism, and increased insulin resistance—all side effects of anti-psychotics, the most common prescription for mood, attention, and behavioral disorders in children. "My advice would be to be very cautious about starting an anti-psychotic," the study lead says, adding if an alternative is available, use it.

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j_dubs
Aug 23, 2013 1:21 AM CDT
how does big pharma let this kind of news get out there?
BCS
Aug 22, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
These drugs are overused and unethical to begin with. Find the root of the bad behavior and correct it instead of drugging and innocent child. Parents who put their kids on these drugs should be extremely ashamed of themselves. Claiming they didn't know and they were just listening to the doctor, is not a good enough excuse.
saucier111
Aug 22, 2013 12:18 PM CDT
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