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Diabetes: The deadly oral contraception side effect your doctor never warned you about

by , 15 April 2015

It's estimated that more than 100 million women worldwide take some form of birth control - and oral contraception like the Pill is at the top of the list.

It's so widely used and available that we don't even question it. Nor do we give much thought to common side effects that come with it. Things like dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, bloating, nausea and weight gain.

But there's one side effect I bet you didn't know about.

And it's deadly one.

I'm talking about diabetes.

And here's why…


On the Pill? You may be at higher risk of diabetes

There are two reasons why the Pill can cause diabetes, reveals reports. Oral contraception and diabetes: What's the link?
The first, as American Diabetes Association explains, is because birth control pills may raise your blood glucose levels. Especially if you use them for longer than a year or two.
And if you already have diabetes, they increase your risk of diabetes-related complications too. “For instance, if you develop high blood pressure, a possible side effect of birth control pills, you also increase the chance that your diabetes-related eye or kidney disease will worsen,” explains the association. 
The second reason is a little more complicated. 
It has to do with the hormones birth control contains. 
For example, did you know that the oestrogen present in birth control pills actually increases glucose levels whilst simultaneously decreasing your body’s insulin response?
Or how about the fact that progestin, another hormone present in oral contraception, can cause an overproduction of insulin?
And that’s a big worry if you’re prediabetic or high-risk because of other factors like weight, family history and so on. 
It’s even more concerning if you already have diabetes and are struggling to keep it under control. 
That said, however, it doesn’t mean you can’t use them. 

Use these tips and you can take oral contraception without increasing your diabetes risk

If you’re healthy, the risk of birth control causing your diabetes isn’t something you should be too concerned about. 
However, if you’re prediabetic or high-risk, the risk is higher and you should work with your doctor to find an effective, safer contraception. 
We also caution diabetics to speak to their endocrinologist before going on any medication – birth control included. With their help, you’ll be able to manage the impact of birth control on your blood sugar.

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