What is steroid-induced diabetes?

Sometimes when people take steroids, such as prednisone, their body develops insulin resistance—their body is unable to use the insulin the pancreas produces. This condition is similar to type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels may return to normal when the steroid is discontinued, but it is possible that this insulin resistance will continue, and the person will have insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes for the rest of their life.

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