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Steroid + high blood sugar

04/03/2008

Question:

My doctor gave me a steroid injection for bursitis, and my blood sugar has gone up 200+. How long will the high blood sugar readings last from the steroid injection, and should I consider insulin? (I have been primarily using diet and exercise to moderately control my glucose levels.)

Answer:

The duration and magnitude of blood sugar effect with a steroid injection is fairly variable from one individual to another.  It part it depends on whether there is known underlying diabetes or not.  Generally it lasts a few days to weeks; some people with diabetes not already on treatment need some form of treatment with a steroid injection it is difficult to give a generalized answer.  Please take a look at some of the other diabetes questions and answers concerning diabetes and steroids and see whether some of those may give you information more applicable to your situation.

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Response by:

Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati