Birth control medications shown not to lead to development of type 2 diabetes

Despite recent evidence suggesting that there may be adverse side effects from taking certain forms of birth control that may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a recent study from University of Texas researchers has found that birth control does not in fact increase risk.

Previous studies have indicated that women taking injectable and oral contraception may be more likely to have abnormal blood sugar and insulin levels. These conditions can increase an individual's risk of type 2 diabetes.

However, the new study, which was published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that any increase in insulin caused by birth control medications were not great enough to warrant concern.

Researchers said that their new study was significantly broader in scope than earlier investigations that connected birth control to diabetes risk. They examined the blood sugar and insulin levels of 703 women who were taking various forms of birth control for a period of three years.

Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, commonly known as the birth control shot, was the only form of contraception shown to increase blood sugar levels. However, the increases observed were much more modest than previously reported, and researchers said they were of little concern.
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