Saw my doctor earlier this week and he upped my dosage of glipizide again in addition to putting me on prednisone for ten days as a treatment for the tendonitis I have recently developed. Supposedly this could cause a rise in my blood sugar and maybe make me a little hyper. Thus far I havn't noticed anything and this morning my morning BG was 131 which is the lowest fasting number i have had in months. I just wonder if anyone else has dealt with prednisone before and what I should watch out for. I Lost the info sheet the Pharmacy gave me with the perscription. Thanks.
Any steroid medication will raise your blood sugar readings and acts as a stimulant. You need to be careful to monitor your readings closely and make sure you are eating properly - low carb. The effects of a steroid will most likely only last while the medication is in your system, but it is possible that it will permanently affect your metabolism and you will have to work even harder to keep your diabetes in control. Bottom line: be very careful when taking prednisone.
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It will be interesting to see what if any effect it has on me as i have always had a high tolerance for such things. When i was diagnosed Labor Day of last year i was in the ICU for five days as the result of a tick infections. It was only after they began giving me steroids that things got under control. My averge BP is 54 over 100 which is pretty good after forty years of smoking (Quit after getting diagnosed) so it would seem it takes a bit to get me fired up. This darn tendonitis makes it painful to grip anything and since i work with my hands building and painting stuff in theatre, other exercise hasn't been realistic. I do need to get back on the stationary bike though once i start feeling better or work slows down. in the meanwhile thanks again.
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