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Z Gastroenterol. 1999 Jun;Suppl 1:36-42.

[Glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus in gastrointestinal diseases].

[Article in German]

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Medizinische Klinik I, Medizinische Universit├Ąt zu L├╝beck.


Glucocorticoid excess causes insulin resistance i.e. a reduced effectiveness of insulin to suppress hepatic glucose production and to increase glucose uptake in muscle and fat tissue. Persons who cannot compensate for the resulting additional insulin need develop overt diabetes during glucocorticoid therapy. In the field of gastroenterology, glucocorticoids are mainly employed for the therapy of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, alcoholic and autoimmune hepatitis, and after liver transplantation. The risk of developing steroid diabetes depends among other things on the genetic predisposition, the body composition, the underlying gastrointestinal disease, the age, and the steroid dose. The treatment of glucocorticoid-induced diabetes resembles essentially the treatment of type 2-diabetes. In addition to dietary measures, oral antihypoglycemic drugs and/or insulin are applied. If oral antihypoglycemic drugs are used, specific problems that might result from the gastrointestinal diseases need to be observed. In the short and medium term, the prognosis of glucocorticoid-induced diabetes is good since it is well treatable. If glucocorticoid treatment is continued for a long time, the alterations of glucose metabolism and the resulting hyperinsulinemia may lead to increased cardiovascular risk.

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