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Who has had steroids?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by jamesfitz, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. jamesfitz

    jamesfitz Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know apprpximately 6 people in my hometown who have type 1 diabetes all diagnosed at different times i.e 20s 30s and 50s. All of them had steroids for other illnesses prior to diagnosis

    What percentage of people here had steroids for other medical conditions prior to being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The only times I’ve had steroids have been a few decades after diagnosis. They certainly raised blood sugars and I suspect that a dose of them would hasten T1 if it were hovering there already.
     
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    I have only taken steroids for specific targeted medical issues and only done so since diagnosis.
    It raised my BG at the time but not long term.
     
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    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I had a steroid injection in my right shoulder and have got another due in Aug for the left. Thanks @helensaramay for the pointer about BG rise
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    I was in emotional turmoil pre diabetes diagnosis, suspected Colitis, then Type 1, nothing to do with steroids though.
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve only the need for steroid injections post diagnosis and as already mentioned they can play havoc with BS over the course of a few days.
    @SueJB . Sorry to hear you’re having shoulder issues. Years spent in the gym have resulted in me suffering with rotator cuff problems. Numerous steroid injections did and did not work. At best pain relief and mobility only lasted short term.
    Obviously I have no idea what issues you have but if it involves the rotator cuff and impingement in the shoulder area I would suggest undertaking a daily stretching routine. I created my own 5 minute routine with ideas off YouTube ( was sceptical when I first started ). It has proven to be the best treatment for the problem.
    Apologies if this is information isn’t relevant for you.
     
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    Happy hippy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Jamesfitx.
    Yes I’ve had Predisalone Steroids from around 1992.
    Given for Ulcerative Colitis flare up.
    I was diagnosed type two in 2003.
    Maddy
     
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    Mbaker Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    One of my good friends of over 40 years has a brain tumour. He was given steroids which has brought on rampant Type 2.
     
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    JudiP Type 2 · Member

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    I was on steroids for a number of years before type 2 diagnosis and on a particularly long course just before. I am convinced that my diabetes is steroid induced, and this is,I understand, now being recognised.
     
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    I should have added that I am currently on a course of steroids following a chest infection. My dilemma was that I was getting very high BG readings as a result of the steroids but cutting them
    down too quickly would have negated their use. In the event I was so concerned about the high readings that I did cut the steroids down and now I’m still not clear of the lung problem. I finished the steroids today so hope the BG levels start to drop.
     
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    Triffo Type 2 · Active Member

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    My diabetes was kicked off by having steroid treatment for gout in 2012. I have also been on 5mg Prednisolone as part my anti rejection medication following my kidney Transplant (caused by Polycystic Kidney Disease not diabetes) in 2013 and this is causing me considerable problems with BS control.
     
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    @jamesfitz I notice you posted this thread on the type 1 forum.
    Was your question (and local knowledge) focused on t1?
     
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    jamesfitz Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes i am a type 1 diabetic as are all the people i know in my home town that have it. I am certain my diabetes was caused by prednisolone
     
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    Zilsniggy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Since Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition I would seriously doubt that steroids would induce it They are implicated in Type 2 though.
     
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    KitInCA LADA · Newbie

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    Me. After a major surgery, I was given massive steroids via IV (from the point of resection to leaving the hospital); my BG levels were so high during the week of my hospital recovery (128-200) that the nurses assumed I was an "unreported diabetic" and wanted to give me insulin. I denied the condition and refused the insulin. I thought that was the end of it. Two weeks later, at a surgical follow-up, I was told that I was a diabetic. I laughed. How could that be? No diabetes in my family history, I was thin, I was athletic, I exhibited no symptoms of diabetes (other than the high BG reads during my hospital stay). I was given a blood glucose meter and test strips and told to keep a log- - which I did. My BG's were, more often than not, out of normal range. In the meantime, as the doctors were trying to type my diabetes: I was tested for GADA and found positive for the antibodies (49) but tested negative for all other diabetes-definitive autoantibody tests. At that point (and every moment since), I was considered LADA by, well, THE ENTIRE WORLD. I am no longer "Kit," but "Lotta." Haha.
    As an aside, I was given oral steroids for three months after surgery. Now, I don't take them- - even despite recommendation to do so when I have a cold, etc.
    Since my diagnosis and subsequent BG monitoring, I have accepted the possibility that I am Diabetes 1/LADA and have changed my lifestyle. I am KETO and have, since adopting the KETO diet, kept my BG reads in range (frustrating fluctuations within the normal range aside) and I have a low A1c. I suspected from the beginning that the massive steroids triggered an autoimmune response. I still am.
     
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