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Letters Drug hypoglycaemia

Reactive hypoglycaemia in severe mental illness

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2536
  1. Ruud van Winkel, psychiatrist and assistant professor1,
  2. Marc De Hert2
  1. 1Maastricht University Medical Centre, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands
  2. 2University Psychiatric Centre, Catholic University Leuven, Leuvensesteenweg 517, 3070 Kortenberg, Belgium
  1. ruud.vanwinkel{at}

    Suzuki and colleagues describe hypoglycaemia induced by second generation antipsychotic agents in schizophrenic non-diabetic patients.1

    Since 2003 we have tested all patients treated with antipsychotic drugs at the university psychiatric centre in Belgium using a standard protocol including an oral glucose tolerance test.2 From November 2003 to July 2007, 2223 tests were conducted in 707 non-diabetic patients with severe …

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