Originally Posted January 11, 2011
See the end of this post for an update on this post
It’s confirmed, I’m pre-diabetic. I had a blood test called an AC1hemoglobin blood test which checks yourblood sugar levels for the last three months, and a pre-diabetic range is 5.7% – 6.4%. At 6.5% your are diabetic. I’m 6.2%. That’s some scary stuff.
My diet is pretty healthy. So how did I become pre-diabetic? Prednisone for five years, non stop can do that to a guy plus putting on 30 pounds over the last four years. Such a damned catch twenty two. Damned if I do, damned if I don’t. It’s reversible though. I just have to lose the 30lbs I put on over the last four years. Yep, that extra fat around the gut can bring on diabetes. Usually you need to put on a lot more than thirty pounds, but prednisone amplified everything.
I tried coming off prednisone many times over the past five years and all with bad results. I just do really badly when I try tapering off. Suspicions are the sarcoidosis spread to my heart during one of those tapering off times, so now no one wants to take the chance. I have basically been told that my system is so screwed up from taking prednisone that it looks as if I am unable to produce my own prednisone anymore, so i have to take the little tablets everyday for the rest of my life.
Now I am pre-diabetic because of the extended time on prednisone, and having a diabetic brother adds to the family history of the mix. What do I do? First off, I have formed the mind set that I am going to reverse this. I will not become a diabetic, and I am going to lose at least 25 pounds and leave the pre-diabetic classification. I intend to do this by June of this year. That’s my next hemoglobin blood test to determine my status. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: I was able to get my sugar levels back down to normal just by changing my diet and exercise. I still haven’t been able to get rid of those pesky 30 pounds, but I am trying. I am once again trying to taper off of prednisone, and currently am down to 7mg a day. Will take a few months, but this time I am going to come off of the damned demon drug after eight years of being on it constantly.