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Glucocorticoids (steroids) are widely used across many medical specialities for their anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties. However, one of their major side effects is the development of hyperglycaemia. It is well recognized that high glucose levels in people with diabetes in hospital are associated with harm and increased lengths of hospital stay. The use of glucocorticoid (steroid) treatment in people with pre-existing diabetes will undoubtedly result in worsening glucose control, and this may be termed 'steroid-induced hyperglycaemia', and will warrant temporary additional, and more active, glycaemic management. A rise in glucose may occur in people without a known diagnosis of diabetes, and this may be termed 'steroid-induced diabetes'. There is a lack of evidence to guide how people with hyperglycaemia should be managed, and much of the guidance given here is a consensus based on best practice collated from around the United Kingdom. Where evidence is available, this is referenced. These guidelines on the management of people with diabetes treated with steroids has been adapted specifically for Diabetic Medicine. The full version of the guidelines can be found on line at: or

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Conference paper

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1011 - 1017


Continuity of Patient Care, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Mellitus, Endocrinology, Glucocorticoids, Hospitalization, Humans, Hyperglycemia, Inpatients, Patient Discharge, Societies, Medical, United Kingdom