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Hormone-Releasing Contraception May Pose Diabetes Risk

February 21, 2013 by  

Hormone-Releasing Contraception May Pose Diabetes Risk

Obese women are often warned by their doctors to avoid contraceptives containing estrogen, such as the pill, patch and vaginal ring because of a higher risk for pregnancy-related complications.

This problem inspired researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) to conduct a first-of-its-kind study on the effects of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) containing the hormone progestin for this group of special women.

“Contraceptive studies often only look at normal-weight women,” said Penina Segall-Gutierrez, co-investigator of the study and an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and family medicine at the Keck School. “Studies such as this are necessary because, today, one-third of women in the U.S. are overweight and one-third are obese.”

The results indicate otherwise healthy but obese women of reproductive age have a slightly higher increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who use non-hormonal birth control.

However, the final conclusion was that progestin-releasing LARC contraceptives appear to be safe for use by obese women, but further investigation is definitely warranted to see if the metabolic effects that were observed persist or are only temporary.

Professor Segall-Gutierrez  said: “Overall, we’re finding that methods such as the progestin injection and the progestin skin implant, which both have higher circulating progestin, may have an increased risk for metabolic changes compared to methods like the IUD, which only has a local effect — in the uterus.”


Kellye Copas

Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

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  • ibcamn

    Why is it all these things are linked to this linked to that!??!doesn’t the fda have to check to make sure companies test results are for real and not fake like an Obama birth certificate?!

    Arnt they suppose to run tests for years and years or even decades to get approved !??!
    Too much on the shelves to rush and make money,thats what this boils down to is greed!

  • kevin kelly

    Yes it is true the action of the {i.u.d.} is local in the uterus.This mechanical device dislodges or prevents nidation and the tiny human-being is { sloughed -off} and dies.The pill has very dangerous chemicals that can not only cause diabetes,but a whole range of other health dangers.Practice {N.F.P.} natural-family-planning to space your children,no side effects,and if used correctly very effective.TO YOUR HEALTH kevin kelly in denver,co.

  • ibcamn

    just don’t try and get your health care or birth control in Florida!.OH..wait,,Scott went and changed his mind from last year,what the f,….what made him change his mind?wait didn’t Obama take that state?he needed that state big time!i smell a conspiracy brewing!!why do these politicians keep doing crap like this,LIE,well they do all the time anyways.but good for all the retirees of the state,they can get not only healthcare from Obama,but they can get the proper birth control,and the day after pill too!my grandmom is gonna be sooo happy!and takes even more pressure off my grandpop!!so Florida’s safe from grey haired walker preggo’s waltzing around!strike up the band for Scott,what a dissapiontment he turned out to be,did Obama go on his knees?’m a poet and i don’t even know it!..FLORIDA,that’s my home state,maybe this is why they took my parents land and home away after they passed(2yrs back tax and the death tax)made it impossible for my family to keep it,Obama got to Scott!what about the women on the front line,are they getting the right stuff?liberals don’t want them to protect themselves back home with weapons,but they can have weapons there and get birth control there but get no gun here and the wrong pill here!.sounds like a bad back in time movie!!..what the hell ever happened to condom’s or pulling out!!


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