Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 15, 2004
Question from Ham Lake, Minnesota, USA:
Can steroids cause diabetes?
It’s hard to know to what you are referring. Glucocorticoids are steroids that interfere with how insulin works, causing insulin resistance. If one is prone to develop diabetes genetically, then hydrocortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone and related chemicals all may make diabetes show up in such a susceptible person.
Steroids are also a broader class of medication and include testosterone, estrogen and variants. These are used for hormone replacement therapy if there is gonadal or ovarian deficiency and also as part of oral contraception. Similar to glucocorticoids, sometimes estrogen can produce hyperglycemia in an otherwise susceptible individual. With current low dose estrogen preparations, this is less commonly seen than in the past. Other androgen steroids abused by athletes and in gyms are not likely to cause high sugars, but when these are abused, they are usually abused in enormous doses, nonphysiologically, then, there may be some problems with hyperglycemia.