Newest people at risk for Diabetes.

squog master
By squog master Latest Reply 2010-12-16 19:24:53 -0600
Started 2010-12-15 20:01:23 -0600

I know there are many different risk factors for getting Diabetes. Hereditary, over weight, etc…
I heard on the radio today that a study in Canada now puts people who use steriod inhalers and a higher risk. Sometimes you're darned if you do & you're darned if you don't. Well, time to go suck in my Advair!

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Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-12-16 14:07:26 -0600 Report

Wow I started steroid inhaler last December for lung damage from the cancer radiation. Pull on that thread will ya!

GabbyPA 2010-12-16 10:35:57 -0600 Report

Wow, another link in the giant diabetes puzzle. I have childhood asthma that never went away completely. I don't suffer with it often, but when it strikes it's not nice at all. But that can be once every 5-10 years or so, so I am never really able to say that it would be a cause of spikes on a regular basis. There are inhalers that advertise they are not a steroid medicine. Have you looked into any of those? I think Advair is one.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-16 19:24:53 -0600 Report

I actually do use Advair as a maintenance inhaler. I usually get stuck on the inhaled steroids when the Asthma or COPD gets real bad. Mostly twice a year during the height of the allergy seasons but sometimes an extra 1 in Winter if I get a bad bout of bronchitis. Then I'm sucking steroids thru a nebulizer. Speaking of the nebulizer. This just popped into my memory. My brother's ex had asthma since birth. When she was just a baby she was in one of those oxygen tents. The doctor decided to spray the medicine directly into the oxygen tent & she started breathing better. He eventually created the nebulizer.

jayabee52 2010-12-16 01:19:20 -0600 Report

My bride had COPD, Lupis[SLE], RA & DM (among other things). She had to take either a cortisone shot or prednisone to bring her problems under control. We had to work hard to get her BG#s down below 200.

It was interesting-that she said that her Dr told her that her DMt2 was because of her Congestive Heart Failure. I don't know how that could be, but that's what she maintained.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-16 06:14:14 -0600 Report

That's interesting. My Mom had type 2 & Congestive Heart Failure also but she had the Type 2 a number of years before the CHF.

kdroberts 2010-12-15 21:58:11 -0600 Report

I guess it's not hugely surprising since steroids are known to cause high blood sugar and diabetes. I wonder if manufacturers of these products will have to do studies and possibly label them with warnings.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-15 22:13:00 -0600 Report

That's true about oral steroids. I know this as I take them for RA & allergies & asthma. Fortunately for me the 20mgs right now is not raising it too much. It really shoots up when I have to take 60mgs for bad asthma due to allergy season. That's not a bad idea about manufacturers having warning labels.

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