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A Battle On Two Fronts: Crohn’s Disease And Diabetes

Unfortunately, many people who suffer from Crohn’s disease also have to cope with some form of diabetes. The long-term use of oral corticosteroids, like prednisone, as a treatment for Crohn’s disease has been linked with both steroid-induced and type 2 diabetes. For this reason, among many others, most physicians counsel against the long-term use of steroids for the treatment of Crohn’s. Realistically, however, steroids are often a necessary evil in the medical arsenal of a Crohn’s patient. My own mother has had to use varying doses of prednisone to manage her battle with Crohn’s for over 30 years now. Similarly, my late maternal grandmother was on prednisone for over 20 years and developed type 2 diabetes late in her life. Remembering her struggle with Crohn’s and diabetes, I know how challenging it is to live with multiple chronic illnesses. As an initial matter, and depending on your type of Crohn’s disease and whether your diabetes is steroid-induced, you may want to consult your physician about whether you can take budesonide as an alternative to prednisone. Budesonide oral, i.e., brand name Entocort, is a non-systemic steroid that doesn’t usually cause the lau Continue reading >>

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  1. Lgit

    Can you become a diabetic due to prednisone?

    I was on it for two months and it elevated my blood sugar. It's been two weeks since I've been off of it. I'm now on diabetic pills and strict diet but I fear that I've been pushed into drug induced diabetes. Has anyone experienced this? Does your system eventually go back to normal or am I a diabetic now? I think the longer I take diabetic medicine, my body will become dependent on it and I'll never get off of it

  2. SU

    It depends.
    Usually steroid induced diabetes goes away once treatment with prednisone is stopped.
    However if you were unknowingly in the process of developing diabetes before you started the prednisone then the process will be precipitated in which case it will not go away.

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