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Am I prone to diabetes due to regular steroids intake?

Q: I am a 23 years old man. I have keloid problem and as per the surgeon’s advice I took around 40 steroid injections on the keloid spot when I was 12 years old. When we consulted another doctor, he immediately asked us to stop the steroid injections. What are the side effects it will have on me? Am I prone to diabetes now? What are the steps I should take from now on to prevent becoming a diabetic? Should I restrict my food habits? Please help.

A:There will be no effects of steroids, which you have taken at age of 12, and those too local injections. You are not at risk for diabetes mellitus (DM) from keloid treatment with steroids. But in general you should follow a healthy life style. WHO's Global Strategy on diet and physical activity recommends the following: 1. Less sugar intake 2. Less salt intake 3. Less saturated fats in diet i.e., oil which becomes solid. 4. Plenty of fruits and green vegetables 5. Enhanced physical activity


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