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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 10, 2014

Hormonal Contraceptives Linked With Gestational Diabetes

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JAMA. 2014;312(10):992. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10726

Recent research has linked hormonal contraceptive use with an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Even though previous studies have linked oral hormonal contraceptives with increased serum glucose and insulin levels and altered lipid profiles, experts aren’t certain whether a relationship with gestational diabetes exists. So investigators analyzed data from 2007 to 2008 in the Missouri Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), which monitors information from about 78% of all live births in the United States.