so I was put on 5mg of prednisone over 33years ago. Now I have developed border line diabetes. Is their any alternative to prednsone?
No as you have to replace cortisone that your body doesn't produce. Doing that alters the response to it in that its a hormone you need, not one you're taking over what you already have. In this way, its side effects are less. It could very easily have nothing to do with the diabetes. And 5mg is a tiny dose.
Hello. Long term prednisone can produce medically induced diabetes. It can be controlled with diet or insulin. However, at 5mg without the additional hormone production of the body, it would be minimal influence. If you have experienced weight gain during these years, that alone could push you into diabetes. Say you gained thirty pounds in thirty years. That would do it. If very slow weight gain, it would sneak up on you.
I have read about this condition regarding tumors of the pituitary. There are additional hormones you take, aren't there? They may be a combination of med that can cause the diabetes. What is your endocrinologist saying about this? Regardless of these, control of diabetes at any level is essential. Borderline does have to be treated so that if you become ill or harmed, you can heal faster.
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