Link Between Antidepressants and Type 2 Diabetes Discovered

antidepressantsA recently released study found that there is a link between antidepressant use and increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Though researchers haven’t been able to put a definitive theory together as to what specifically causes the increase in risk, there are some medications that are more likely to increase risk than others, and a review of studies on the subject of type two diabetes and antidepressant use over the course of decades has shown that there may be several culprits. Individuals with type two diabetes require medication to manage their body’s insulin sensitivity, and many go on to need insulin as well. Many diabetic supply companies carry the most commonly needed items for both type one and type two diabetes patients, including glucose testing kits, Contour glucose test strips, and other diabetic accessories.

There are a few theories surrounding the study and the case review included within it; one of the primary ideas is that antidepressants have long been understood to impact blood sugar levels in the body. Researchers in the United Kingdom actually began their review of related literature because of their knowledge of the link between the two factors. In one study of about 166,000 people with depression, researchers looked at 2,200 who were later diagnosed with diabetes. They found people who had used moderate to high doses of antidepressants for over two years were 84 percent more likely to get diabetes than those who hadn’t used antidepressants recently. One of the precautions that has been suggested in light of this is that patients taking antidepressants should monitor their blood glucose levels on a fairly regular basis as part of the health screening process. Perhaps future care guidelines for doctors who prescribe antidepressants to patients will include advising them to purchase diabetes testing kits from a convenient diabetic supply company, particularly if they meet certain criteria.

Another possible cause for the link is the increased weight gain that is often associated with long-term antidepressant use. There is conclusive evidence that as body fat increases, the risk of developing type two diabetes also increases, particularly as patients become overweight or obese. It is also important to note that three past reviews on the topic found risks may vary by type of antidepressant. But results analyzed in those studies weren’t always consistent either. For now, as researchers continue to probe the newly confirmed connection, they recommend that doctors treating patients with antidepressants who are gaining weight should monitor their blood glucose levels and be on the alert for the possibility of diabetes as a result. If patients do develop type two diabetes, they should of course manage their condition the same as any patient with the disease, by purchasing medications and other diabetic accessories from diabetic supply companies. The research community has said that they will continue to develop new research opportunities in the attempt to better understand the link between the two conditions, as well as to see if this complication may mean that some medications are best avoided except in those patients for whom no other medications are effective.

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