How does Seroquel cause weight gain and/or diabetes?
November 17, 2010 1:54 PM Subscribe
Does Seroquel *really* cause diabetes and if so, how?
posted by MuChao to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
After having been on Seroquel [for bipolar type 2] for 6 months, and only gaining a few [much needed] pounds very slowly*, I had the usual blood tests and everything, including blood sugar, came back normal.
I've been warned, by doctors and other patients, that Seroquel not only causes weight gain, but also diabetes. Having not noticed either of these side-effects myself, it makes me wonder.
The only related side-effect I've noticed is weird cravings for junk food which I'd never really craved (being a light and mostly-healthy eater) before. New cravings include french fries and honey-buns, but mostly I don't give into them, choosing to eat healthier alternatives (healthier carbs, or fruits for the sweet-tooth).
So this makes me beg the question: does Seroquel directly cause diabetes/weight gain, or is it the response to the new food cravings?
*Years of depression left me pretty badly under-weight