A 40-year-old male asked:
is it possible that an inhaled steroid (advair) could cause type one diabetes in a child? my brother and sister are both are type one.
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Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Inhaled steroids have their effect directly in the lung tissue & reach negligible levels in the blood. There is no evidence that even oral steroid use that achieve much higher blood levels cause t1dm. The primary origin of t1dm is an inflammatory response to a preceding infection that triggers loss of Insulin production. Steroids have been studied in efforts to reverse t1dm.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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