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Vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica. Taking prednisolone, diabetes, fever. Causes for high sugar levels?

Hello, this summer I was serious ill and was in hospital for 4 weeks. Diagnose; vasculitis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica . Now, I have tot take every day (with lots of other pills) Prednisolon 20 mg and that made me a diabetic II. I noticed that if my sugarlevel is going up to high, I always getting a little fever (38) My question is: Is it possible that if my sugarlevel is much to high ( 15-20) my body also reacting with fever? Thank you for youw answer
Wed, 3 Oct 2012
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Hi,

Thanks for your query.

There is some relationship between high fever and diabetes though no direct relationship is there. As diabetic is a immunosuppressive condition it may flare up infections frequently which may cause fever. Again as you are taking long term steroid this may cause diabetes. As both diabetes and steroid are immunosuppressive in nature they may cause frequent infections in the body which may result in fever. But never abruptly stop steroid. It should be tappered gradually after consulting your doctor.
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