On the Pill? You may be at higher risk of diabetes
There are two reasons why the Pill can cause diabetes,
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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