Effects of ECT on diabetes mellitus. An attempt to account for conflicting data.


Journal Article

The authors review the recent, conflicting findings of the effect of ECT on diabetes mellitus. To further explore this relationship, they present case reports of three adult-onset diabetic patients with varying degrees of diabetic management who were treated for depression with ECT. The results point to the variability of effects which ECT may have on blood glucose in diabetic patients. ECT may produce a potentially dangerous hyperglycemia in severely diabetic patients, but ECT does not appear to exert a major diabetogenic or diabetolytic effect on patients with mild diabetes mellitus. Possible mechanisms by which ECT affects blood glucose levels are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Finestone, DH; Weiner, RD

Published Date

  • October 1, 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 321 - 326

PubMed ID

  • 6496156

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6496156

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-690X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1984.tb01216.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States