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Has any information been published on the co-occurrence of Type 1 diabetes and Bipolar Disorder?

Answered by: Philip Muskin

Patients with Bipolar disorder do appear to be at increased risk for obesity and a variety of medical disorders, including diabetes. Patients with bipolar disorder often do not take good care of themselves medically, do not eat a healthy diet, do not take prescribed medications, and are more likely to use substance. It is not clear if the increase in occurance of medical illness in bipolar patients is from their overall poor health or other factors.