• Diabetic designation after Chemo

    Asked by Giraffe on Monday, April 15, 2013

    Diabetic designation after Chemo

    I just got a designation of Diabetic after Chemo. Has anyone else had this experience. I was not diabetic prior to Chemo. Any suggestion or comments on what to do next would be appreciated.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Peroll's Avatar

      I was diabetic before chemno so I am a little different but diabetes nowadays can be well controlled through diet and meds, oral and if necessary insulin. It is also possible that after you have recovered from chemo that your diabetes may go away. Most hospitals have diabetic education classes so attending one will help you learn how to eat and how to check and control your blood sugar. It really isn't hard. One thing you should know is that chemo can wreak havok on your blood sugar levels when you are diabetic so you will need to be vigilant about checking it as you start stop or change chemo. Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      This sort of happened to me as well. My glucose was about 230 when I had my biopsy surgery and my first chemo (normal is about 100). My doctor decided to have me start testing my blood sugar twice a day and also take glyburide to help regulate it. I was doing great on it so we decided to just test out my blood sugar without the glyburide for a little bit. Well on most days my blood sugar was at a normal level but it would almost double on chemo days! It turns out I have steroid-induced diabetes. My anti-nausea meds (pre-meds) that I get at every infusion are considered steroids and they raise my blood sugar. So now I no longer test my blood sugar and I only take glyburide on the day of and the day after chemo.

      Ask your doctor what he thinks about experimenting with and without meds (I'm assuming he gave you something to regulate your blood sugar). Yours may be steroid induced as well.

      over 3 years ago

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