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What are the risks of glucocorticoids?

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A glucocorticoid is a kind of steroid that helps your body fight inflammation. It’s usually safe for most people to take glucocorticoids for a little while. But using them for a long time can cause health problems, including:

  • Osteoporosis, when bones get weaker and break easily
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

From: What Are Glucocorticoids? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford: “Glucocorticoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Corticosteroid,” “Cortisone shots,” “Dexamethasone,” “Triamcinolone,” “Budesonide.”

National Institutes of Health: “Understanding Autoimmune Diseases.”

Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology : “The anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect of glucocorticoids, recent developments and mechanistic insights.”

National Health Service: “Steroids.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Medscape: “Immunology of Transplant Rejection.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford: “Glucocorticoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Corticosteroid,” “Cortisone shots,” “Dexamethasone,” “Triamcinolone,” “Budesonide.”

National Institutes of Health: “Understanding Autoimmune Diseases.”

Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology : “The anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect of glucocorticoids, recent developments and mechanistic insights.”

National Health Service: “Steroids.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Medscape: “Immunology of Transplant Rejection.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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