Curing Depression Linked to Rise in Diabetes

Antidepressants

A new study published in the journal Diabetologia points to a link between certain prescription antidepressants and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

With the increasing rise in prescription antidepressant use, many side effects are becoming more common, including digestive disorders, nervous disorders, headaches and weight gain, which is creating a predisposition for developing diabetes.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, looked at information gathered by an extensive Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and several of the Nurses Heath Studies. Data was collected in total from more than 200,000 individuals and more than 1.5 million person-years of data.

The research team looked at participants every two years, tracking the course of antidepressant use and found that individuals taking antidepressant medication had a 68 percent greater risk of developing the disease. A 30 percent increase was seen in individuals who were adjusted for other diabetes and health risks, and individuals whose BMI (body mass index) was a factor saw an increase of 17 percent from the antidepressants. Serotonins reuptake inhibitors showed a 10 percent increased risk and other antidepressants increased the risk of diabetes by 26 percent.

A growing epidemic, type 2 diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans, many of whom are overweight or obese. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, and it comes with an increased risk for developing other serious illnesses. Most cases of type 2 diabetes are related to diet and lifestyle—commensurate with poor food choices and lack of regular exercise.

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Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is a Los Angeles-based journalist and editor focused on the global food system and how it intersects with our cultural traditions, diet preferences, health, and politics. She is the senior editor for sister websites OrganicAuthority.com and EcoSalon.com, and works as a research associate and editor with the Cornucopia Institute, the organic industry watchdog group. Jill has been featured in The Huffington Post, MTV, Reality Sandwich, and Eat Drink Better. Twitter @jillettinger | www.jillettinger.com.