Feb. 1, 2012 | By Stephanie O’Neill |
Obese women who take long-term birth control injection Depo-Provera may be at greater risk for developing diabetes, according to a new USC study.
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine found that obese women who received the Depo-Provera injection become more resistant to insulin. That means they were less able to lower their blood sugar levels, which leaves them more susceptible Type 2 Diabetes.
Researchers compared the effects of the drug on 10 obese women and five women of healthier weight. Both groups became more insulin resistant after the injections, but the obese women stayed that way. The others were better able to compensate, by producing more insulin.