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People prescribed anti-depressants should be aware they could be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to U.K. researchers. The University of Southampton team looked at available medical studies and found evidence the two were linked, although there was no proof that one necessarily caused the other. It may be that people taking anti-depressants put on weight which, in turn, increases their diabetes risk, or the drugs themselves may interfere with blood sugar control the team told Diabetes Care journal. Prof Richard Holt and colleagues say more research is needed to investigate what factors lie behind the findings, they also state doctors should keep a closer check for early warning signs of diabetes in patients who have been prescribed these drugs. Prof Holt tells the BBC, "Some of this may be coincidence but there's a signal that people who are being treated with anti-depressants then have an increased risk of going on to develop diabetes. We need to think about screening and look at means to reduce that risk."
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