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Mental Illness and Diabetes

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2012 - There is a significant link between type 2 diabetes and mental illness. Does one illness set the stage for the other? Maybe the brain’s chemistry during the ups and downs of bipolar swings invites diabetes. Perhaps changes in the brain from abnormal glucose levels opens the door to depression or mania. Or, the stress of managing one illness might make people’s systems more receptive to the other.

The connection has become more clear over the past decade.

 2003 Study

The State University of New York at Buffalo did a study almost 10 years ago on the incidence of people with diabetes and schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It had been  theorized that diabetes was a side effect of the newer antipsychotic medications such as Zyprexa and Risperdol . . .

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