A link to this study might already have been posted, as it came out just over a week ago, but as I hadn't seen it posted I thought I'd put it up, as the results are encouraging for all of us who are or have been on steroids.
Basically this Mayo Clinic study found that people who've taken steroids for PMR, even for many years, have *no higher incidence* of ANY potential steroid-related side effect illness (such as diabetes) than people who do NOT have PMR and are NOT on steroids -- excepting for a higher incidence of cataracts, and that may be accounted for by the closer eye screening many with PMR will have had, due to possibility of GCA.
The other interesting finding here is that the median time people were on steroids was 6 years (!!) -- far longer than that 2-3 year estimate we all read/are told. Also, many patients were started on much higher doses of preds than has been recommended for some time.These two points will come as no surprise to anyone who has been here for a while!
The article is a fairly accessible read: