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.
September 2, 2001
Question from Dallas, Texas, USA:
I have type 2 diabetes, I recently had some steroid injections to reduce keloid scars, and, a few hours after the injections, my blood sugars were higher than usual. They are not going down despite medicine and exercise. Did these shots cause the elevation? How long does the medication stick around in the body? I know oral steroids do this, but I wasn't sure about shots.
The injectable steroids certainly raise your blood sugars for up to five days after injection. Therefore, it is reasonable to have a strategy to address this when it occurs.
[Editor’s comment: See Your doctor advises using steroids (at the Diabetes Monitor) for more comments on similar situations.