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Hello @mmr1984, You will notice I changed the title of your discussion a little to hopefully draw in other members who have been on a corticosteroid such as prednisolone or prednisone for a long period of time. Sorry to hear that you now have steroid induced diabetes and possibly osteoporosis as a result of being on the drug for years. Here are a few sites that discuss the long term affects and may offer some helpful information.

– Prednisone and other corticosteroids: https://www.mayoclinic.org/steroids/art-20045692
– Steroid Side Effects: How to Reduce Drug Side Effects of Corticosteroids: https://www.hss.edu/conditions_steroid-side-effects-how-to-reduce-corticosteroid-side-effects.asp
– Corticosteroid-Induced Osteoporosis: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/c/corticosteroid-induced-osteoporosis.html

Have you talked to your doctor about your concerns and if there may be other alternatives to taking prednisolone?

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Thanks @johnbishop . My doctor is monitoring and put me on calcium and vitamin D and also dibetes meds. I do not tolerate the alternatives such as cellcept. Useful sites.

I had been on low-dose prednisone for 4 years and still was struck with temporal arteritis in May 2020, that over night took most of the sight in my right eye. I already had severe osteoporosis before I started prednisone.
I was immediately put on 60mg prednisone that tapered down to 10mg. over a 4 month period. My doc put me on a preemptive dose of diabetes meds that has worked so far. I take a Reclast infusion annually plus Vit D3, calcium, magnesium and zinc for the osteoporosis.
They say I'll be on prednisone for the rest of my life and what ever other side effects come along, to me it is worth it to save my other eye.

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