Diabetes vs. Asthma meds

By linda653 Latest Reply 2014-11-19 19:28:45 -0600
Started 2014-11-04 21:13:54 -0600

Ok so I've been newly diagnosed with type 2 just this past June. And a newly diagnosed Asthmatic just this week…

My question is does anyone have the two together and when you take your Prednisone 20 mg tabs does your glucose levels sky rocket????

I have always been able to keep my numbers between 130-180 w a few exceptions of 200-210. Since taking prednisone my GL shoots up to 250-290 and never comes down. Any suggestions on what to do?

Any and all advice is welcomed.

4 replies

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-19 19:28:45 -0600 Report

I take Advair and Combivent everyday. I also have my rescue inhalers Flovent and Proair. I also use Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution for my nebuliser. I know that some of these have steroids and that does effect my BG levels. Right now I am down to using just two of these for now and my BG seems to be doing better so far. Good luck on finding what works for you best.

GabbyPA 2014-11-05 09:29:19 -0600 Report

I have asthma, but not acute. It is as needed only and I can go years without an attack, but when one hits...YIKES. I would be asking for a different medicine to help control your asthma. Prednisone does a lot of bad things to our levels and even our cravings. My husband was on it for a while and it made him crazy for food, any kind, any amount.

linda653 2014-11-04 23:38:32 -0600 Report

Thank you jay, I need to find myself a endo dr. I'm not sure what they can do being that I don't take insulin shots, just one metformin 500mg a day…gonna call up my doc this week, hopefully she's back from vacation.

Thanks jay,
God bless you as well.
Let him heal us from this dreadful condition.

jayabee52 2014-11-05 01:06:37 -0600 Report

Linda, You may need to go on insulin as it would seem that your Met is not cutting the diabetes mustard.

Folks often see taking insulin as failing somehow.
Instead, injecting insulin is like any other tool for managing one's diabetes. Having your BG up closer to 300 is neither good or healthy.

Also if your asthma situation changes you can indeed go back to the oral meds with your Dr.s approval.and you so choose.


jayabee52 2014-11-04 23:10:39 -0600 Report

Howdy Linda
My late wife had to take prednisone for a number of conditions and often her BG levels would skyrocket. What we did for her was to enroll her with an Endo who Rx'd two extra insulins (other than her usual NPH twice daily) which would each be used with their own sliding scale One was fast acting, and the other was ultra fast acting. We took her BG reading and then applied the sliding scale and drew up the dose. We would then log the results and every week would email them to the Endo.

Sometimes it would take a few days before the BG levels would come down close to normal.

That is what we did

God's blessing to you