Madrid, Oct (SF).- The continued use of oral contraceptives can cause long-term obesity, according to a team of Spanish researchers, who has stressed the importance of taking “with caution” this type of drugs.

The study, conducted by scientists from the Obesity and Nutrition Network Research Center (CIBEROBN), belonging to the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the University of Navarra, was published in the International Journal of Obesity.

According to researcher Alfredo Gea, the continued use of these drugs is in line with other risks previously identified in other Swedish and American studies on diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease and breast cancer; all of them associated with obesity, CIBEROBN reported in a press release on Monday.

The experts analyzed the risk of developing obesity in 4,920 young women (with an average age of 28 years) during more than eight years of follow-up.

The results of the study revealed that the use of oral contraceptives is “significantly” associated with higher probabilities of obesity development, especially when the use of these is constant and extends over periods of more than two years.

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