Medications like Zoloft and other drugs in the class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have been researched and thought to cause birth defects. Some women who took Zoloft during their pregnancies are filing lawsuits against Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug, because of the alleged birth defects caused by Zoloft.
Depression can wreak havoc on the psyche as well as the body; scientific studies have also proven, in addition to the data on antidepressants and birth defects, that depression can lead to other physical ailments like diabetes. The good news is that treating both simultaneously can lead to improvements in both conditions.
Sugar and Depression Levels Can Both Improve with Treatment
There is a definite link between depression and diabetes; depression is a risk factor for diabetes, and depression can be a common side effect in those suffering from the disorder. Diabetes can be challenging to control, and very often, poor adherence to medication protocols can worsen both conditions.
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently studied a group of patients suffering from both type 2 diabetes and depression. Their findings indicate that the majority of patients who receive care for both conditions showed significant improvement as opposed to patients being treated for one condition or the other. Of those receiving treatment for both, 60 percent had improved blood sugar test results and 58 percent a measurable improvement in depression symptoms. Conversely, only 38 percent, and 31 percent of patients, respectively, showed improvement when they received treatment for only one ailment.
“Though research demonstrates the link between depression and diabetes, few integrated programs are being implemented in practice,” said lead study author Dr. Hillary Bogner, an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine. “Our results demonstrate that integrated treatment for both conditions, combined with a brief program focused on adherence for primary care patients with Type 2 diabetes and depression can result in a significant improvement in clinical outcomes. We hope the findings will encourage the adoption of adherence programs aimed at improving outcomes.”
The results of Dr. Bogner’s study have been published in the January/February issue of the medical journal, Annals of Family Medicine.
Patients Dealing with Either Condition Should Consult Their Physicians
While there are many treatment options available for both depression and diabetes, only qualified medical professionals can determine which ones are appropriate for a patient’s unique circumstances. Only when accurate diagnoses have been made, and medications administered (if necessary), can physicians and patients begin to track improvement of both conditions.
Protect Your Rights as a Consumer
The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for clients in consumer product injury cases. If you took Zoloft during your pregnancy and your child was born with Zoloft birth defects, then you might be able to seek compensation in a Zoloft lawsuit. Fill out our contact form or call us at 1-877-471-8940 and one of our Zoloft lawyers will be in touch.
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