What is it?

Secondary diabetes mellitus (DM) is a condition in which a diabetec condition is developed as a result of drug use. Drugs that can cause type 2 diabetes include corticosteroids, thiazide, beta-blockers, antipsychotics and statins. In some cases the diabetes may be permanent and in some blood sugar levels go back to normal when medication is stopped.

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Signs & symptoms

Some patients will experience frequent urination, intense thirst and weight loss.


Blood sugar levels will be measured in one or more of the following methods:
Hemoglobin A1C test, Fasting blood sugar test, glucose tolerance test or random blood sugar test.
If a diagnosis is made, further blood tests and urine tests may be done, to check for diabetes complications.


If the diabetes was caused due to medication use- if it is possible, it is recommended to stop using the drug. Keeping a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, quitting smoking and exercising may lower the risk for developing high blood sugar levels. In addition, there are several types of medications to treat diabetes:
- pills that help your body produce more insulin or make insulin do its job better.
- injectables insulin – long or short acting

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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