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CALynn

FBG While on MethylPrednisolone

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Whether on Metformin or not, I'm always thrilled if my AM FBG is under 110.

 

I also have autoimmune arthritis and recently had to take a Pred Dose Pack for 6 days, which naturally boosted my FBG so that it was never below 140 until the final day or so. Now I'm off the Pred and suddenly my FBG is 90. 90!!! I've never been 90 in my life.

 

Any explanations?

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CALynn, and you complaining about this???? One question WHY???. Now really I do hope things settle down for you. Rich

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Oh DEFINITELY not complaining AT ALL. Just trying to understand the dynamics.

 

I'm thinking that maybe some of my glucose highs were due to inflammation caused by the arthritis.....and by using Pred and reducing the inflammation, my FBG was lowered.

 

But I really, really would like someone to share some empirical evidence or medical information references.

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A quick look on the internet and many drug sites mention higher BGs as possible side effects for diabetics. I don't know the reason, but it does sound like it either is, or is related to/similar to steroids, which are infamous for causing BG problems. Searching steroids on the forum will show some of the experiences diabetics find.

 

That's not a lot, but it might give you some leads to follow.

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Subby,

 

Thanks, but it's a long established fact that steroids dramatically elevates blood glucose. That's a given.

 

The question is: Is it possible that reduced inflammation [as a result of taking cortisone] lowers blood glucose?

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Oh, sorry, I was responding to your thread title which asks what was happening while you were on the pred.

 

I think reduced inflammation sounds like a very plausible reason for improved fbgs. The effect of inflamation on BGs is also "a given", though I don't have any particular studies to offer you. I have had strong cases myself of increased insulin resistance and higher BGs with a variety of infections and inflammation. If you are looking for solid evidence, have you tried internet searches, pubmed?

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But I really, really would like someone to share some empirical evidence or medical information references.

 

I would venture to say that personal empirical evidence speaks louder than the experience of others. Since your autoimmune arthritis will be recurring, requiring another Pred Dose Pack, I would keep a separate record of your FBG numbers up to, and after, your next Pred Dose Pack. Should you see a trend...then you have, in fact, your empirical evidence.

 

I find polling others for a similar experience I get the phrase, "...yeah, I experienced the same thing, except for me, it was different!" :D

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I agree, the personal experiences would be interesting to read. In the interim I've begun keeping records.

 

I'd already done an intensive amount of research in medical references and do indeed see the correlation. Without coming right out and asking, I was hoping someone on this website had a similar set of circumstances. [Pred dose packs are contraindicated for me in most situations, so it's not likely that I'll be getting this dose pack again for a while, hence the problem in my being able to replicate the conditions.]

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I also have autoimmune arthritis and recently had to take a Pred Dose Pack for 6 days, which naturally boosted my FBG so that it was never below 140 until the final day or so. Now I'm off the Pred and suddenly my FBG is 90. 90!!! I've never been 90 in my life.

 

Any explanations?

 

I'm jealous!!! Great number for steroids, mine was 178. Then 287 after meals...grrrrr....tomorrow is the last day. I will see if it drops.

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