A diabetes diagnosis in a child may be directly linked to the use of anti-psychotic medication. In a study recently published in JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry) it was revealed that kids on these pharmaceuticals are 3 times more likely to end up with type 2 diabetes than their drug-free peers.
This increase was seen in the first year of follow up. Here is an excerpt from that study, directly from the JAMA Psychiatry website:
“Users of antipsychotics had a 3-fold increased risk for type 2 diabetes … which was apparent within the first year of follow-up … The risk increased with cumulative dose during follow-up…The risk remained elevated for up to 1 year following discontinuation of antipsychotic use … When the cohort [a group of people treated as a group. ] was restricted to children 6 to 17 years of age, antipsychotic users had more than a 3-fold increased risk of type 2 diabetes …and the risk increased significantly with increasing cumulative dose …”
The article ended with this stunningly callous conclusion:
“Conclusions and Relevance Children and youth prescribed antipsychotics had an increased risk of type 2 diabetes that increased with cumulative dose.”
Since anti-psychotic drugs are being prescribed to children in ever increasing numbers, apparently the psychiatric community is not concerned by the results of their study.
In fact, their observations seem chillingly reminiscent of their predecessors in Nazi Germany. The German psychiatrists of the 1930s and 40s sadistically experimented on helpless children during Hitler’s reign of terror. Today’s psychiatrists have not learned from their evil past.
In fact, they seem to be embracing it.
The risks of Type 2 Diabetes are not minor. Here are a few of them:
- Cardiovascular Disease, possibly leading to heart attack or stroke
- Impaired oxygen flow to some tissues, leading to tissue death
- Vision problems (diabetic retinopathy) which can lead to blindness
- Kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant
- Nerve damage leading to diminished sensitivity in feet. Can lead to serious infections
- Life expectancy reduced by 22 years
If antipsychotic drugs were not profitable, they would have died a timely death long ago. But large pharmaceutical companies have huge marketing budgets, and they use it to cleverly convince parents and their doctors of dubious “benefits.”
Not even the avalanche of lawsuits has stopped the production of these moneymakers. When your profits (as of 2010) exceed $14.6 billion, what’s a few million here or there to pay off a grieving parent?
In the words of Harvard medical professor Dr. Jerome L. Avorn, “When you’re selling $1 billion a year or more of a drug, it’s very tempting for a company to just ignore the traffic ticket and keep speeding.”
If the CEOs of drug companies and their minions the psychiatrists have no conscience, then it is up to parents to “just say no” to antipsychotic drugs.
Parents may have difficulty accepting the fact that their children’s lives and health are risked to make a drug company’s huge profits. But the children who have never been consulted are the true victims. They may face an abbreviated future, saddled with the disabilities that come with a diabetes diagnosis.