People taking anti-depression medications are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, says a researcher.
Lauren Brown from University of Alberta School of Public Health has found that people taking certain anti-depressants are at a 30 per cent increased risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
She analysed the medical history of 2,400 people diagnosed with depression and were taking antidepressants to determine the correlation.
The patients were divided into four categories - those who took antidepressants that were considered older therapies, patients who were using newer treatments, those using a combination of both an old and new treatments and people who were switching medications.
The findings revealed that diabetes risk increased two fold among people taking two types of therapies at the same time, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Brown believes these results, and results of previous studies demonstrating an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in people with depression, emphasize the need for regular screening for type 2 diabetes in people with depression.