steroid induced diabetes

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   Posted 7/27/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Amyone have issues with this? It's the one thing I keep forgetting to ask my rheumy about, and I feel like Im showing signs. Thinking of checking my sugars tonight at work just to make sure. Im eating not stop (a sign of DM, but not sure if thats just the steroids) but Im also getting up 3-4 times a night to urinate. I'm only on the 5mg now, but Im not sure if being on the 20mg and 10 mg Ive been on the last few weeks could have triggered it.

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   Posted 7/27/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
((((( RN )))))))) Hopefully your sugars are ok. Try eating some protein when you are feeling the munchies. It can sometimes stop the cravings. A couple cubes of cheese, a handful of nuts. Don't wait till your starving though.

I hope you are diabetic. Keep us posted though. . . . and its great that you are checking!! You might try a morning, fasting check too.


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Audrey Ann
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   Posted 7/27/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi RN! I am sorry you are so worried. I, too, worry about this non-stop since I seem to crave sweets and carbs and I go to the bathroom very frequently. Everytime I have my sugar checked, it comes back at really good levels. I read that taking plaquenil seems to reduce the onset of diabetes. That seems to be the reason why I am not having problems at the moment. Do you take plaquenil?

PS - I am on 5-7 mg of prednisone a day and have been for about 18 months now. I hate it but I can't seem to go below 5 mg. Some days, by the end of the day, I am so swollen that I take a few extra mg of prednisone to help with the inflammation. Yuck!

Good luck!
Audrey Ann
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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi RN. My diabetes onset was with Lupus and steroids. I started taking 30mg Actos, but was able to decrease to 15mg which I've been on for about a year. As I'm sure you know, a fasting glucose or glucose tolerance test are the best ways to test, but don't let that stop you from getting a random glucose at work. I hope everything turns out okay. Love, Butterflake

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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had steroid induced diabetes several times over the years. I have been on up to 6 insulin shots a day, but it usually normalizes after I come down on the steroids. As you well know, it is important to control it because of the adverse effects it can have. God Bless You, Judy
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