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Antidepressants Linked to Diabetes

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Accordig to CBS News, a recent study suggests that antidepressants may be linked to chronic health conditions including diabetes.

About the Antidepressant Study

“Heightened alertness to the possibility of diabetes in people taking antidepressants is necessary until further research is conducted.” – Dr. Katherine Barnard, health psychologist at University of Southampton in the United Kingdom as published by CBS News.

  • The announcement came from British researchers who analyzed 25 previous studies and reviews.
  • According to their findings, people on antidepressants were more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions caused by problems controlling blood sugar levels including diabetes.
  • Though the cause of the increased risk is unknown, researchers have determined the link between diabetes and antidepressants is direct as even when all other risk factors were removed an increase in diabetes still remained.

Statistics on Antidepressant Use in the United States

  • A 2011 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that antidepressant use has increased by approximately 400 percent over the past decade.
  • Currently, 11 percent of all Americans are on antidepressants.
  • According to Psychology Today, 17 million Americans are on antidepressants resulting in an $11.3 billion dollar industry.
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