I’m racking my brain trying to figure something out: On many websites, there often a warning that steroid use can cause diabetes, that it can increase insulin resistance, possibly based on a study done in 1987 that found that powerlifters ingesting huge amounts of steroids per day had abnormal glucose tolerance and excessive insulin responses (Abstract Link: http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/64/5/960)Unfortunately, they don’t specify what the guys were taking, or for how long, just generalizations that they were on 200mg/day (of what?) for up to 7 years.
Yet, 1/3 of Type 2 diabetics have hypogonadism, often as a result of pituitary problems, and are placed on testosterone replacement therapy. Even the Mayo Clinic website says that anabolic steroids can DECREASE blood sugar, possibly leading to hypoglycemic episodes ( http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR602077#5F4040FA-E7FF-0DBD-1127F7DA2F545E78 )So, what’s the straight truth on steroids and diabetes? I’m trying to separate fact from hysteria