Drugs that increase your risk of diabetes

Certain drugs for long-term conditions can raise your blood glucose level or prevent your insulin from working properly. If you take any of the following drugs, you have a higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. Rather than stopping your prescribed medication, talk to your physician about how to limit your risk.

Steroids, such as prednisone and dexamethasone. These are used to treat inflammatory conditions like chronic bowel conditions and rheumatoid arthritis. Taking steroids via an inhaler or skin patch will not affect your blood glucose as much as pills and injects do.

Thiazide diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide. These drugs remove excess fluid from your body. They may be prescribed to treat high blood pressure or heart failure.

Beta-blockers, such as propranalol. These are often used for high blood pressure.

Immunosuppressants, such as cyclosporine. These are used to prevent rejection of organs following a transplant.

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