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On the official Seroquel website the following concession is made:
“High blood sugar and diabetes have been reported with SEROQUEL XR and medicines like it. If you have diabetes or risk factors such as obesity or a family history of diabetes, your doctor should check your blood sugar before you start taking SEROQUEL XR and also during therapy. If you develop symptoms of high blood sugar or diabetes, such as excessive thirst or hunger, increased urination, or weakness, contact your doctor. Complications from diabetes can be serious and even life threatening [seroquelxr.com].”
However the makers of Seroquel (AstraZeneca) do not accept that Seroquel (known generically as quetiapine) causes diabetes, although there is plenty of online speculation that this may be the case. Similar speculation abounds regarding other atypical/second generation antipsychotics (especially olanzapine, clozapine and risperidone) used to treat bipolar, possibly because of the associated weight gain that can come with these medications – for it is well established that there really is a link between being overweight and type 2 diabetes. It is also well established that for many people certain lifestyle choices will beckon the disease and that to some extent the onset of type 2 diabetes is preventable. So, given that anyone on atypical/second generation antipsychotics should probably do what they can to avoid getting diabetes, what do we need to do?