Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

Can diabetes be transmitted through sex? And, If I'm on birth control, can the insulin and birth control be taken at once?

No, diabetes is not transmitted via sex. As for insulin/birth control interactions, generally there isn't one. However, your healthcare practitioner would be the one to discuss this with. Birth control pills can have many side effects; raising blood pressure is one of them. Age and other chronic conditions would definitely be a consideration. Also, birth control pills lower some of your B vitamins, folic acid in particular. Vitamin E is also compromised. Nutritional supplementation is helpful here. Start with a comprehensive multiple vitamin and essential fatty acids. Of course, eating as healthfully as you can is always the important start

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