Listen for Signs of High Blood Sugar in Diabetes Patients Taking a Steroid
Questions are coming up about how to manage patients with diabetes who need a SHORT course of corticosteroids (prednisone, etc).
Most patients with diabetes taking oral steroids will have a blood glucose bump that can occur as early as after the first dose. This can also happen after injectable steroids.
This usually isn't a big deal in most patients...blood sugar levels should return to normal a few days after the steroid is stopped.