CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Social Health and Diabetes 2016; 04(01): 006-010
DOI: 10.4103/2321-0656.176570
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Opioid use and diabetes: An overview

Pawan Sharma
1   Department of Psychiatry, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
Yatan Pal Singh Balhara
1   Department of Psychiatry, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
2   Department of Psychiatry, International program in Addiction Studies, King′s College London, London, UK
3   Department of Psychiatry, International program in Addiction Studies, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
4   Department of Psychiatry, International program in Addiction Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA
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Publication Date:
23 November 2018 (online)


Illicit opioids have emerged as a major public health problem over the past century. It continues to remain so in the current times. From the studies conducted among the animals, it has been clear that there are acute as well as chronic effects of opioids on the endocrine system. Diabetes has been recognized as a major public health concern and is expected to be a major problem in the coming decades. In this article, we shall discuss the effects of opioids in the glucose homeostasis in both the animal population and human population and its relation to diabetes.

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