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Antipsychotic Medications Cause Substantial Weight Gain in Children and Adolescents, According to Scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Zucker Hillside Hospital
Date:10/27/2009

It has been known for several years that antipsychotic medications can cause weight gain in adults and increase the risk for serious metabolic disorders. Scientists at The Zucker Hillside Hospital and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research embarked on a large study following children and adolescents who have been prescribed antipsychotic medicines for the first time and examining the impact they had on weight gain and metabolic changes. Indeed, researchers identified a worrisome degree of weight gain and caution their colleagues to take these changes seriously. Weight gain and changes in blood glucose and lipid metabolism can be precursors of diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, stroke and heart attack. The children tested were between 4-19 years old.

Manhasset , NY (Vocus) October 27, 2009 -- It has been known for several years that antipsychotic medications can cause weight gain in adults and increase the risk for serious metabolic disorders. Scientists at The Zucker Hillside Hospital and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research embarked on a large study following children and adolescents who have been prescribed antipsychotic medicines for the first time and examining the impact they had on weight gain and metabolic changes. Indeed, researchers identified a worrisome degree of weight gain and caution their colleagues to take these changes seriously. Weight gain and changes in blood glucose and lipid metabolism can be precursors of diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, stroke and heart attack. The children tested were between 4-19 years old.

"The data sheds further light on the frequency and severity of weight gain associated with these newer antipsychotics," said Christoph U. Correll, MD, medical director of the Recognition and Prevention (RAP) program at the Zucker Hillside Hospital and a scientist in the Feinstein Institute's Center for Psychiat
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