Medical News Summary: Some antipsychotic drugs linked to increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes


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About: Some antipsychotic drugs linked to increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Date: 5 January 2005
Source: Ivanhoe Newswire
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Ivanhoe Newswire): Researchers analyzed 36 patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and found that those who were treated with the antipsychotic drugs clozapine or olanzapine resisted insulin and had impaired glucose effectiveness. Thus, they face an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Other research has also linked them to increased risk of obesity and hyperlipidemia. Professionals need to be aware of this risk and monitor their patients closely and take any necessary preventative steps.Schizophrenics generally have a shortened life span due to conditions such as cardiovascular disease.
URL: http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=10302
Related Disease Topics: Type 2 diabetes, Diabetes, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Psychiatric disorder, Obesity, Hyperlipidemia (see Cholesterol and lipids), Cardiovascular disease
Related Symptom Topics: Insulin resistance, impaired glucose effectiveness

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