t1 -- managing diabetes while taking cortisone

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uc/diabetes girl
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   Posted 3/4/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a pump user and I am currently taking medrol -- a cortisone -- for a Uc flare. does anyone out there have experience to BS control while taking steriods? By the same token does any one out there have uc and type 1 diabetes?

uc/diabetes girl
Insulin pump, 6 mp, asachol, asulfidine, folic acid, medrol, lipitor

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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to the Diabetes forum.  There are a few members who have been on or are taking steroids and I'm sure you'll get some responses.  I think there were some past threads about this also, so if you check back through the topics you'll probably come across some posts dealing with them.

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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   Posted 3/5/2008 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   

I have type2 diabetes actually caused by prednisone which I am on for asthma. I have to be very careful to keep my blood glucose levels down. I keep the bg between 80 and 100 at all times but this limits greatly what I can eat. I eat very low carb. No wheat, fruits and I can't drink milk. Everyone is so different in what they can eat so I try a food and test at 1, 2, and 3 hours to see how it affect my bg. I also have to be very careful in the 3 to 4 hours after I take the steroid meds because that will raise my blood glucose quite a bit. Try to avoid all carbs in this time frame. If you are hungry, try a small salad and some chicken or turkey. By eating this way I have brought my Ac1 to 6.1 from 15.2 in three months. My bg was 878 when I was admitted to the hospital 3 months ago so I still feel shaky and sick in the 70 and 80's. Because my bg was so high and they figure I was running pretty high for a couple years, this should pass as I adjust to the lower bg. I sure hope so! Steroids are nasty but sometimes we have to be on them. Be very careful being type1 and check your blood often. You might need med adjustments and hopefully your doctor will work closely with you on this. Keep coming here, the administrators and posters are very nice and have a wealth if information.I give them credit for how well I am doing so far. Take care:)

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   Posted 3/5/2008 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, uc. I don't have much experience with steroids other than one shot I had for my shoulder, but ceebee will be a wealth of information. There is pretty much always someone on the forum who has had some similar experience with the different aspects of diabetes, so stick with us and you should get some pretty good info. Glad to have you!
~Forum Moderator/Diabetes~

uc/diabetes girl
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   Posted 3/5/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the support -- this is a great site.
uc/diabetes girl
Insulin pump, 6 mp, asachol, asulfidine, folic acid, medrol, lipitor

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   Posted 3/5/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi UC,

You should also post your question on the ulcerative colitis board, there may be some over there who have UC and type 1 diabetes.

sorry I cant be of help, I am pre type 2 b/c of the pred and still pretty new at all this.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ almost in remission
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.

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