Pred. and Diabetes Symptoms?

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BitBit
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   Posted 10/20/2007 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone develop develop diabetes while on Prednisone? Besides a blood test, were there any symptoms you noticed at home?

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 10/21/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi BitBit, I developed steroid-induced diabtetes. The symptoms, looking back now, were blurry eyesight, excessive thirst and lots of potty breaks. I had to go into the hospital because I had a reaction to 6-MP and the doctor came in and asked if anyone told me I had diabetes? No. "Well, you do." Not a fun way to find out especially since I had just found out I had Crohn's a few months earlier.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor


Metallichic
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   Posted 10/21/2007 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting....I'm going to call my GI tomorrow and have her test me again.  She hasn't in awhile.  I lost 60+ pounds in the last 6 months, pee constantly, am so hungry and thirsty, my eyes feel like there is sand in them, I'm constantly tired, and I'm a crabby witch. My mother said she woke up last night to a little voice telling her to make sure I was tested again.  I've been on pred for 4 years now.
 
Good luck to you!
Shannon
Asthma (diagnosed at 12)
Fibromyalgia (diagnosed 9/01)
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02)
Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Chronic pelvic pain/endometriosis, leading to hysterectomy (9/07)
Torn rotator cuff/labrum (repair 11/20/07)
Bladder sling (8/06), cholystectomy (2/06), tubal ligation (2/06), failed ablation (3/07)
Taking Lialda, Prednisone, Entocort, Remicade, Bentyl, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Effexor, Xifaxan, Flagyl, Lomotil, Frova, Questran powder/Carafate suspension, and pain meds.


gachrons
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   Posted 10/21/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi My glucose is supposed to be up from pred. I do get a little blurred vision if starring at the screen and void alot but I drink alot of tea too. Will know more this week as I am seeing my GP about it. Keeping my fingers crossed but not sure what for .It is a good idea to keep your sugar tested. Best Wishes. lol gail

Roni
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   Posted 10/22/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have had higher blood sugar levels while on pred. At one time, I had to take insulin. I already had the symptoms they say: urinating more, etc.
 
How high were your sugars? Are you monitoring them at home? If they are just a little higher than normal, you might be able to lower your levels by watching your carb intake. Ask your doc.

gachrons
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   Posted 10/24/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Just letting you know that my glucose test wasn't too bad 5.2 before sugar drink and 6.1 after getting CBC done tomorrow. That was when I was off the pred. When I went to outpatients Monday night because of V,D and pain they tested it and it was 5.2 so it was good. Hoping those two doughnuts I ate today don't frig it up. I have been cutting back on my sugar with the pred. I think it helps. lol gail

hendersonjames
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   Posted 10/24/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Would you explain those glucose numbers?  In my last bloodwork my glucose was the only test that was just over the normal range (101, the normal limit was 99 on the sheet.)  This was a fasting value with no sugar drink.  My GI wasn't worried about it.

Metallichic
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   Posted 10/24/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Levels up to 100 mg/dL are considered normal.

Levels between 100 and 126 mg/dl are referred to as impaired fasting glucose or pre-diabetes. These levels are considered to be risk factors for type 2 diabetes and its complications.

Diabetes is typically diagnosed when fasting blood glucose levels are 126 mg/dl or higher.

Note: mg/dL = milligrams per deciliter


The smaller numbers refer to A1C....a test that's done at the lab every few months. Here's how it works out. I believe it's like an average of where your blood sugar has been over that few months.

Comparing Blood Glucose With A1C
65 = 3.5

100 = 5.5

135 = 7.5

170 = 9.5

205 = 11.5

240 = 13.5

275 = 15.5

310 = 17.5

345 = 19.5

Average Glucose*/
A1C,%
Shannon
Asthma (diagnosed at 12)
Fibromyalgia (diagnosed 9/01)
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02)
Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Chronic pelvic pain/endometriosis, leading to hysterectomy (9/07)
Torn rotator cuff/labrum (repair 11/20/07)
Bladder sling (8/06), cholystectomy (2/06), tubal ligation (2/06), failed ablation (3/07)
Taking Lialda, Prednisone, Entocort, Remicade, Bentyl, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Effexor, Xifaxan, Flagyl, Lomotil, Frova, Questran powder/Carafate suspension, and pain meds.

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