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RE: [IP] steroids causing diabetes?

Whether steroids can cause diabetes or not seems to depend on who you ask.  
Cory was on inhaled steroids (3 different inhalers) for about 3 years prior 
to his diaganois of diabetes.  With hindsight I can see that he displayed 
some diabetic symptons off and on for a long time prior to dx.  However, he 
was not dx'd until 30 days AFTER he went off steroids!  By this time he had 
definitely gone over the edge -- 20 lbs weight loss - DKA  - pretty sick 
little guy.  At this time, his diabetic nurse practioner said if he was 
predestined or had the genetic make up for diabetes, the steroids could cause 
an earlier onset.  When my own lung specialist  learned of Cory's dx and our 
very strong family history of diabetes he took me off steroids even though my 
blood sugars were always in the normal range. Other doctors have assured me 
that steroids will not cause diabetes. I know many people have diabetes who 
have never used steroids. For those who need to use them I would just say 
make sure it is a last resort and be sure to follow through with close 
medical monitoring.  
Susan (Grandmom of 12 year old Cory - most of the time he's "my precious one")
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