April 5, 2001
Question from Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
I am an SLE patient who developed diabetes due to prednisolone, and it has gotten worse. Is there any alternative for SLE treatment?
Long term prednisolone [a steroid medication] use can cause a person’s body to have glucose intolerance which is very much like diabetes. There are some other options for treating SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), but they all have various risks and benefits. I would discuss the situation with your rheumatologist if you are interested in learning about trying a different medication.