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August 21, 2001

Research: Causes and Prevention

Question from Millville, New Jersey, USA:

I am a 53 year old overweight female newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and a year before this I was given steroids for a back problem. I also have a fatty liver. Could these drugs have caused me to develop diabetes?

Answer:

Steroids might have accelerated the onset of type 2 diabetes. However, the primary cause is being overweight which leads to the insulin resistance (fatty liver is a specific feature thereof).

MS