Prednisone reduction - lower blood glucose levels

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   Posted 9/24/2006 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I am down to 20mg of prednisone from 40 which I have been on for 5 months. I have been  seeing my blood sugar levels stable within the last few days without taking insulin. I am hoping this will continue, and that this is not only because of my low carb diet and weight loss but because of the lower dose of prednisone. My sugar went up when I started on the prednisone, but I was afraid I might have developed diabeties 2. I  have been treating the diabetic symptoms since early spring. I just wondered if anyone has insight or experience about steriod inducded diabeties. I have given myself the ultimate test just awhile ago.
I ate something high in carbs with no insuliin which I have been doing all day today, but within my carb  range of 25 per meal. Well, I ate a donut nono which I know is a big NO NO!
I guess I will find out soon if this is for real or not. Even if things are going back to normal I am going to remain on the low carb diet because I have lost 20lb and feel bettter now eating sugar.
. I know I should not have jumped off the bridge (so to speak) with a donut, and don't usually even have  them here, but I did it anyway and enjoyed every bite of it.  tongue I have not allowed myself anything like that in such a very long time.
 Anyone with any thoughts about this, please post them
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;
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   Posted 9/24/2006 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Judy ...

Hope the donut test, without insulin, turned out okay.  How are we gonna know if we don't check these things out with our own bodies/metabolism?  If you stayed stable, then YEA!! You've identified a link between the low carb diet, lowered Pred meds, and your glucose levels.  How much longer will you be on the steroids?

I'm curious about your 25 carbs per meal.  Haven't seen that number (any number, actually) suggested ... how did you happen upon it as a guideline?  I've been doing low carb successfully for awhile, but not based on anything other than Atkins, South Beach and the GI index.   :-)

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   Posted 9/25/2006 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wmnak,
Thanks so much for answering this post.
Well, the test turned out fine. My blood sugar stayed within the range without any insulin. I am grateful, to say the least. For the past 2 days I have been running a little high, around 140-150, but that is not bad at all. We went out to dinner last night and I took some insulin, only because I was already 145, and I knew I would be eating a few more carbs than usual. I haven't done any more donut tests. :-) But, my glucose level has remained stable. I am so hoping that as I wean down more from the prednisone that I will have even more stable glucose levels, and then hopefully not have the diabetic symptoms. I'll just have to see.

about the 25 carbs per meal. I joined an online diabetic site. They work out the amound of carbs, protein, and fat needed for good metabolism. I try my best to eat every 3-4 hours (small meals) with protein (20gms) fat (10gms) and carbs (25) or as close as I can get to all these. I will post the link if you want to check it out.

Again, Thanks!! It's good to get to know someone over here in the diabetic forum. I've had a rough time of it changing all my eating habits, but it's been worth it. Too bad it took this for me to do it.
I've lost about 20lb. and am holding at that weight. Prednisone makes me so hungry but I keep the foods here that I can eat. I stay stocked up on them, esp my sugar free jello and sf cool whip. They now have low carb yogurt too, a low carb, low sugar, low fat fat milk. They make the milk in chocolate. And, it's great tasting. It's called HOOD.

Bye for now. I hope to hear from you again.

Be Well,

"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;
it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

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