Steroid medications can decrease the body's ability to use its blood sugar for energy. This can cause increased blood sugar (glucose). This condition is called hyperglycemia, or steroid-induced diabetes.
Avoiding concentrated carbohydrates will help decrease the side effects of steroid medications.
These foods are high in simple sugars and should be avoided:
- Canned fruit or juice with added sugar or syrup
- Chewing gum with sugar
- Soft drinks
- Sweetened mineral water
- Sugary pies
- Cookies, candy
- Doughnuts and sweet rolls
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Fruited yogurt
- Ice cream
- Jams, jellies, marmalades
- Fruit Ice
- Frozen fruit or juice with added sugar or syrup
If you develop hyperglycemia, your diet may need to be changed to include the following guidelines:
- Eating three meals per day are recommended, consumed at regular and evenly-spaced times.
- Limiting fruit to one serving per meal, and eating fresh or water-packed canned fruit only (no syrup or added sugar).
- Reading food labels to avoid foods with sugar, honey, sucrose, dextrose, or corn syrup listed as the first or second ingredient.