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Steroid induced diabetes is when the level of sugar in your blood is too high. This can be caused by Dexamethasone (a steroid medication), which is often needed for treatment of cancer.
Steroid induced diabetes is usually a temporary condition. In general your blood sugar level will return to normal after you stop taking Dexamethasone.
Symptoms of Diabetes
You can help control the level of sugar in your blood by maintaining a healthy balanced diet. The following are simple steps, which you can take to help control your blood sugar level:
Information on the food packet can help you decide whether foods are healthy and suitable.
Foods labelled ‘suitable for diabetics’ have no special benefit. They are often high in calories, may still increase your blood glucose level and may have a laxative effect! Ordinary packaged food, eaten as part of a healthy diet is suitable; just remember to consider portion sizes and how often you have them.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: October 2020
Review Date: July 2023