Optimizing the Treatment of Steroid-Induced Hyperglycemia.

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Optimizing the Treatment of Steroid-Induced Hyperglycemia.

Ann Pharmacother. 2017 Aug 01;:1060028017728297

Authors: Wallace MD, Metzger NL

OBJECTIVE: To review therapeutic strategies for the management of patients with steroid-induced hyperglycemia.
DATA SOURCES: A literature search of MEDLINE/PubMed (1990 to June 2017) was conducted using the search terms steroid, glucocorticoid, corticosteroid, hyperglycemia, and diabetes as well via review of literature citations.
STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: Relevant clinical trials and case studies focusing on pharmacological interventions in humans were reviewed for inclusion. Articles discussing islet cell transplant were excluded.
DATA SYNTHESIS: Hyperglycemia is a predictable adverse effect of glucocorticoid therapy, which is associated with negative outcomes, including an odds ratio of 1.36 for developing new-onset diabetes. A variety of strategies have been utilized for managing patients who are at risk of complications caused by steroid-induced hyperglycemia. Agents such as sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, meglitinides, metformin, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, glucagon-like peptidase-1 agonists, and insulin have been evaluated in case studies and small clinical trials with varying degrees of success.
CONCLUSIONS: Since there are limited clinical data available to guide therapy, strategies that minimize the risk of adverse effects should be selected for the management of steroid-induced hyperglycemia. Therapies that may be safe and effective given current information include DPP-4 inhibitors, metformin, and weight-based neutral protamine Hagedorn insulin.

PMID: 28836444 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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