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Diabetes risk could be significantly upped by antipsychotic drugs

Having a developmental disability can lead to a person facing many challenges. Thus, one would hope that the medications given to such individuals wouldn't expose them to any additional challenges. In this regard, a recent study is rather discouraging. The study indicates that one class of medications that individuals with developmental disabilities often receive can increase the risk of developing another impactful condition: type 2 diabetes.

The class of drugs in question are atypical antipsychotics. This class of drugs includes medications like Zyprexa, Seroquel, Risperdal and Abilify.

In the study, researchers looked at the medical records of a group of individuals who were prescribed psychiatric medications. The medical records in question were from 1996 to 2007. The ages of the individuals the records were for ranged from 6 to 24.

In their review of these records, the researchers looked at whether there was any difference in type 2 diabetes risk in the first year of medication treatment between the individuals who were prescribed atypical antipsychotics and the individuals who were prescribed other psychiatric medications. The researchers found that there was a difference. Specifically, they found that the individuals who took atypical antipsychotics had a diabetes risk that was three times greater.

This is a somewhat concerning finding. One hopes that doctors keep this finding in mind and exercise proper care when prescribing atypical antipsychotics to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Developmental disabilities and type 2 diabetes can have many impacts on their victims. One impact these conditions can have is that they can affect a person's ability to work.

One type of financial relief a person who has suffered a loss in the ability to work due to a developmental disability, diabetes or some other medical condition will sometimes pursue are Social Security Disability benefits. The process of applying for such benefits can be quite complicated. Thus, if a person is considering seeking Social Security Disability benefits, he or she may wish to consider meeting with an experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney.

Source: Disability Scoop, "Study Finds Antipsychotics Triple Diabetes Risk," Shaun Heasley, Aug. 27, 2013

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