Study finds link between anti-depressants and diabetes
People who take anti-depressants could have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research.
Scientists from the University of Southampton in the U.K. analyzed 22 studies involving thousands of patients on anti-depressants. They found a connection between anti-depressant users and diabetes; however, there was no strong evidence pointing to a specific type of person as being more at risk than another.
Although studies showed that people taking anti-depressants and the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes tend to occur together, evidence was too weak to suggest that one causes the other.
The researchers told Diabetes Care journal that what they can say with certainty is that some anti-depressants can lead to weight gain, which can increase the risk of diabetes.
The implications of this research are two-fold. First, people who take anti-depressants should work to prevent weight gain that can potentially lead to diabetes through lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and sufficient physical activity.
Secondly, researchers said that doctors should think about screening as a means to reduce the risk of diabetes. Since diabetes is easy to diagnose with a blood test, this should be part of a doctor’s consultation, especially for people who take anti-depressants.