steroid induced diabetes? quincy?????

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memmie 23
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   Posted 10/15/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
On reading several posts, i have always noticed you seem to be clued up on uc. I have a question for you, my dad has uc and was put on steroids which brought on steroid induced diabetes and now i have been put on steroids (i also have uc). Im worried that i will have a greater risk of the steroid induced diabetes as my dad got it. Have u ever heard of this before?
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   Posted 10/15/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone can cause your blood sugars to rise. It is not unusual. The blood sugars usually return to that person's normal levels when the prednisone is stopped.

I'm sure that the munchies pred can cause doesn't help the situation.

I suggest telling your doctor about the family history. They should monitor you more closely to prevent (if possible) the steroid induced diabetes.
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   Posted 10/15/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Memmie,

Sorry to jump in here but my sugars went up while on pred to 155. I was having blood work done monthly for my kidneys so it was checked each month. My Dr. had me cut out refined carbs such as bread, cereals, chips, juice and pasta. I could still eat starchy veggies like corn and potatoes but in moderation.

I went to the Diabetes board here and they were very helpful...........I also ate alot of greek yogurt, eggs and cheese.

Since coming down off pred my sugars are normal.

See if you can get monthly blood tests or you can get one of those home testers to check yourself.

Being on a low sugar, low salt, low carb diet was not fun at all!

Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
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   Posted 10/15/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I don't have the experience regarding steroid induced diabetes, and the suggestions of Dakota and Beth seem bang on.

You mentioned you and your dad have been put on steroids...I'm assuming systemic steroids and not the topicals such as Entocort or the rectal steroids.

Definitely do the research on it and make the proper food changes needed to help avoid further problems.

I don't know if once one is off the steroids if the induced diabetes resumes back to normal or if it continues.

The question I would have is if your dad may be predisposed to it anyway...such as Type 2, which is hereditary.

Definitely keep us informed as to any information you learn about it...good to know.

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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there- I developed steroid induced diabetes while on my last pred course. I had to check my sugars daily, 2-3x day, & write it all down. Plus my PCP had me going for labs monthly. One you're off the steroids, your sugars should return to normal. However, my PCP told me that once you do develop drug induced diabetes, you are somewhat more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. So now, he checks my blood sugars whenever I go for labs, usually every 3-6 months. Plus, he likes me to check my own every now & then. My GI was not much help in this matter- I dealt with my primary care doctor, who was awesome, totally on top of it.

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   Posted 10/15/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I had mild steroid induced diabetes. My doctor had me follow the same regimen my husband does (he has type II). Balanced diet with limited simple carbs and exercise. I checked my blood sugars every morning and she did blood work every three months. After starting the regimen my results were always near the upper limits of the normal range. I still follow the regimen, even though I'm off steroids.

Exercise is really key with type II diabetes. It helps lower the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which are associated with type II.
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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately steroids can induce diabetes, that is
frequently seen with our patients here at the hospital.  Some people who are already "borderline" diabetics and may not know if will obviously be affected, but that said, anyone is susceptible.  Diabetes does run in famalies, the best advice is follow up frequently with your family doc, and hopefully wean yourself off prednisone as soon as permitted by your gastro.  Good luck, watching your diet is always important as well.
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