WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) - The use of antidepressants appears to increase the onset of diabetes in some high-risk individuals, according to a government-funded study announced Saturday.
Overweight people with high blood-sugar levels and other "pre-diabetic" factors, but who were not taking the anti-diabetic treatment metformin, were two to three times as likely to become diabetic if they were taking antidepressants, according to investigator Dr. Richard Rubin of Johns Hopkins University.
Rubin said the study used all types of antidepressants and did not single out any specific drugs or drugmakers.
"All antidepressants seem to have the same effect," said Rubin, who said that people should not stop taking their antidepressants until researchers could learn more. "We have to find out what was actually going on. We don't want people to go off their medication; we want people to stay on their medication."