By Aimee Gallagher, MPH, MS, SWHR Scientific Programs Manager
In honor of World Diabetes Day, we want to give you the 411 on women’s birth control and its impact on diabetes.
Even though most studies show that birth control pills don’t have a negative impact on blood sugar levels for women with diabetes, it is important to understand that women with diabetes still have an increased risk of heart disease. Birth control pills, regardless of whether or not a woman has diabetes, can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
And while birth control pills don’t worsen blood sugar levels for women who have uncomplicated diabetes – meaning that they don’t have diabetes alongside other health conditions or behaviors like heart problems, smoking, etc., women still need to be cautious. Women with eye, kidney or blood pressure concerns, as well as women who are overweight or smoke should understand the risks and benefits before opting to take the pill.
If you have diabetes and are currently on or plan to get on birth control, talk to your healthcare provider to determine what options are best for you.
For more information and resources on women and diabetes, visit http://swhr.org/diabetes/.
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR ®) is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education.