The Sept. 4 editorial “ And another reason to expand Medicaid” reprinted from the Greensboro News & Record about the rising costs of treating diabetes points to a real problem. However, a major cause of the increase in the number of cases of Type II diabetes was left out: the side effects of drugs, particularly the latest generation of psychotropic medications.
Just visit a local mental health clinic and look around. Most of the folks there who have been treated long term with these drugs are easy to pick out due to enormous weight gains. If the drugs do not directly cause diabetes, they surely contribute to the very factors cited as key risk factors.
This is one of the inconvenient truths the psychiatry advocates of forced meds don’t want the general public to know about. The current situation results in part from the separate but unequal systems of health services and mental health services in this country. One approach to fixing the problem is creating a medical system based instead on integration of all health services and mental health services.