Consensus Development Conference on Antipsychotic Drugs and Obesity and Diabetes

Response to consensus statement

  1. Richard I.G. Holt, PHD, MRCP
  1. Endocrinology and Metabolism Unit, Development Origins of Health and Disease Division, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K
  1. Address correspondence to Dr. R.I.G. Holt, Level F, Centre Block, MP 113, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, U.K. E-mail: righ{at}

I commend the authors of the consensus statement in Diabetes Care for focusing our attention on the physical health of people with schizophrenia and serious mental illnesses and on the need for glucose monitoring (1). There is little consensus about the risk of diabetes in people with schizophrenia and the role of atypical antipsychotic drugs (2–4). Recently I was a member of a group of international psychiatrists and diabetologists who reviewed the evidence surrounding this issue (proceedings have been published in a supplement to the April 2004 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry). I was, therefore, interested to see that the conclusions published in Diabetes Care differed in some …

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