Diabetes Risks Increase with Certain Prescription Drugs for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Many factors can raise a person’s risk for diabetes. Family history, age, weight diet and lack of physical activity are the most common. Some prescription medicines used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can boost the risk, too.

It may be because they can contribute to weight gain and affect insulin sensitivity.

If you take medication to treat these conditions, watch this short video for helpful information. Learn more about Behavioral Health.

Have questions? Reach out to us at BHQualityImprovement@bcbsil.com.  

Sources: Diabetes Risk Factors, leaving site icon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022; Association Between Antipsychotic Medication Use and Diabetes, leaving site icon National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, 2019
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Kate Thierry, Clinical Programs Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois:

Did you know that taking certain medications can increase your risk of developing diabetes? Some medications which are used to help manage bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder often fall into this category.

Diabetes can cause health complications and early detection is beneficial for long term success. A blood glucose test or A1C test can be used to check your blood sugar level. This is a simple test that measures your blood sugar levels. Testing your blood sugar level lets you know if you are at risk for diabetes.

Talk to your health care provider today, they can answer any questions you may have or order the test.