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Oral Steroids Trigger 2% of All New Cases of Diabetes

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2006

Researchers in the December issue of Diabetes Care, found that the use of oral steroids can be a precipitating factor in some cases of new-onset diabetes.

Lead investigator Dr. Martin C. Gulliford stated that, the study results "suggest that use of orally administered glucocorticoids may be associated with up to 2% of all new cases of diabetes in primary care."

Dr. Gulliford and colleagues at King's College London School of Medicine note that frequency of atopic disease is increasing, as is the burden of diabetes.

To examine whether there might be a relationship between steroid therapy for atopic conditions and new-onset diabetes, the researchers used a family practice database to conduct a case-control study. In all, 2647 patients with newly diagnosed diabetes were identified and compared with 5294 matched controls.

The researchers found that the adjusted odds ratio for diabetes associated with 3 or more prescriptions for oral glucorticoids was 1.36. Such patients appeared to account for about 2% of incident cases of diabetes.

However, "there appears to be either minimal or no association of new diabetes with prescribing of glucocorticoid-containing inhalers, topical preparations, eye drops, or infrequent glucocorticoid injections for joint problems," Dr. Gulliford concluded.



Source: Diabetes In Control: Diabetes Care 2006;29:2728-2729

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