Antipsychotic Drugs May Triple Kids' Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests

This class of drugs is increasingly used to treat children with ADHD, depression

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In the past 20 years, growing numbers of U.S. children and teens -- especially overweight kids -- have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult onset diabetes. This puts them at risk of developing other serious health conditions such as heart disease and kidney disease.

Although the study found an association between the use of antipsychotics and a greatly increased risk of childhood type 2 diabetes, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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For more information on pediatric antipsychotic medication use, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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