Why Do Lung Transplant Patients Get Diabetes?
Many post-lung transplant patients will need to take insulin or an oral diabetic medication initially because of the high doses of prednisone a lung transplant patient is taking. As the dosage of prednisone is weaned down over time (lowest dose is usually 5 mg/day), blood sugars may go back to normal or the patient may be a prednisone—induced diabetic for the remainder of his/her life. For those with Cystic Fibrosis who have lung transplants, they may already have something called Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes (CFRD) that can be made worse with the addition of the prednisone that is required after transplant. Continue reading >>