Anti psychotic drugs increase the risk of diabetes and obesity

By: IANS | New Delhi |
Published: June 14, 2018 5:06:02 pm

A recent study shows anti psychotic drugs to children can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes(Source: Pixabay)

Prescribing antipsychotic drugs to children and adolescents, even for short-term, can cause weight gain and the risk of developing diabetes, researchers have warned. Antipsychotic drugs are used to treat conditions such as pediatric-onset schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in many youths who do not respond to stimulant medications. The findings showed that using these drugs increases body fat and decreases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, leading to the development of risk for diabetes.

“It is a challenge for clinicians because we know that antipsychotic medications can produce rapid improvements in disruptive behavioural symptoms in…

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