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Friday, December 6, 2013
Steroid + high blood sugar
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.)
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.
Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati