Diabetes and schizophrenia--a preliminary study

J Clin Hosp Pharm. 1986 Aug;11(4):297-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2710.1986.tb00855.x.


The results of a small scale retrospective study are presented. The study was initiated to determine the incidence of diabetes in long-stay patients in two psychiatric hospitals in Northern Ireland and to attempt to define whether there was a relationship between the two disease states, schizophrenia and diabetes mellitus. There was a higher percentage of diabetics in the two institutions than was expected. It was concluded that drug therapy of the mental illness may have had a contributory effect on the subsequent development of diabetes mellitus.

MeSH terms

  • Antipsychotic Agents / adverse effects
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Schizophrenia / complications*


  • Antipsychotic Agents