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Antidepressants may be a cause of diabetes

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People taking an antidepressant are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The link is “very real” say researchers, who urge doctors to look out for symptoms among their patients taking the drugs.
Around 47 million prescriptions are written out for an antidepressant every year in the UK alone, and they are at higher risk for developing diabetes, say researchers from Southampton University.
The researchers say they cannot categorically state that the drugs cause diabetes, but a strong association remains, even after stripping out all the usual other risk factors, such as obesity and poor lifestyle and diet. The researchers say their findings are of a general nature, and more research needs to be carried out into the individual antidepressants.
(Source: Diabetes Care, 2013; 36: 3337).

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