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Should I worry?

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This is my first post to you. I have Polymyalgia Rheumatica and therefore am on 12.5mg Prednisolone every day.

But it has put my Ha1c up to 51 and therefore I am now officially a person with type 2 Diabetes. But, I have no Diabetes symptoms and I feel very well and energetic in myself, even though I am a young 78. Should I worry? My doctor thinks it’s to do with the steroids I’m taking, but you are the experts, so I am hoping to hear from you please!

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Hello, I may have polymyalgia so I was interested in your post. You put a question mark against the letter H. I am still ignorant to any terminology other sufferers mention or are familiar with, so am trying to get to grips with everything this awful condition entails. What does H mean please? I hope others answer your post so that you get the answers you need to help yourself.

Sorry, as I am new to this, couldn't remember the technical term for diabetes count. If I look at the next contribution - there it is - HbA1c!

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to RoadRunner44

Hi RoadRunner44 and Silver-Babe,

The H in ha1c is Hemoglobin. 😀👍

Thanks for replying. I'm learning as I go along.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to RoadRunner44

You’re welcome! Please let me or the other Admins. know if you have any questions about anything. We’ll be happy to answer them to the best of our abilities.😀👍

Very comforting. Thank you.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to RoadRunner44


I too have PMR and my blood sugars went up after diagnosis and taking 15mg. I think my hba1c was higher. I was put on gliclazide and started a low carb high fat diet. Six months later I was taken off meds as my hba1c had dropped to 39. That was 4 years ago and my type 2 has been in remission since then. I know from testing my bloods that my sugars rise 4 hours after taking prednisolone and drop about 5 hours later

Well Koalajane, thank you for this very interesting information. I haven't yet seen a diabetic doctor, because I now have a type of colitis too and they are not sure whether the infection from that is causing a high ESR (Polymyalgia) and a high HbA1c count (diabetes) So I am to see a rheumatologist to see if she can sort out all this mess. But fascinated to read that I should perhaps not have a blood test four hours after taking pred - but would that be regarded as cheating?

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