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Why does prednisone make you gain weight and how come diet and exercise won't help?

Why does prednisone make you gain weight and how come diet and exercise won't help?

Fluid retention: Steroids affect how your body stores fat and glucose so can literally cause you to gain weight on top of excessive appetite/water retention along with metabolic changes in fat and glucose metabolism. It also increase fluid retention. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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I just lost 90 pounds and now I got put on prednisone and I'm gaining weight what can I do please help me?

People commonly: Eat more and gain weight when on prednisone, particularly at high doses. I'm assuming you lost the 90 pounds intentionally and are worried, and appropriately so, about the recent weight gain. You can still control your weight through restricting your intake and exercising more, but it is difficult until the dose of Prednisone is decreased or discontinued. ...Read more

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Can one gain weight on 5 mg prednisone daily for several months if they watch their diet and exercise? Can I still lose while on this?

Can one gain weight on 5 mg prednisone daily for several months if they watch their diet and exercise? Can I still lose while on this?

Work on it: Corticosteroids like the Prednisone do have a tendency to cause weight gain. You are on the right track if you can watch your calories and exercise. The medication may increase your appetite, so it will take discipline. Eat healthy. The provider prescribing the medicine may be able to advise you on diet and exercise to reduce the possibility of weight gain. ...Read more

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Is weight gain a guarantee on prednisone?

Is weight gain a guarantee on prednisone?

No real guarantees: When it comes to adverse reactions. Weight gain on prednisone will depend on your dose and how long you need to take the medication. Many short courses of prednisone like you see with severe poison ivy or an acute flare of gout lead to no appreciable weight gain. ...Read more

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Is there any way to avoid weight gain with prednisone?

Is there any way to avoid weight gain with prednisone?

Willpower: Prednisone is an appetite stimulant. Watch what you eat -- it will sneak up on you! The drug does also cause some water retention, that part can't be avoided. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do at home to counteract the weight gain associated with prednisone?

Not really: Seek alternative healing mdalities to help your problem. Once your condition is controlled or completely relieved you will be able to be weaned off the cortisone. You need the advise and guidance of a doctor comfortable with both conventional and alternative medicine for your ailment. American association for integrative holistic medicine is a good source for that. ...Read more

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I have lupus and I've been on prednisone for a while I've gained weight, how am I able to lose it? Feel like nothing works.

I have lupus and I've been on prednisone for a while I've gained weight, how am I able to lose it? Feel like nothing works.

See rheumatologist: There are other drugs other than Prednisone which may be effective for your condition. As long as you are on Prednisone (high doses), it is unlikely that you can combat the weight issue. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Am on prednisone and insulin. Gained a lot if weight. Cannot take appetite reducers. Tried dieting, but too hungry. What can cut appetite naturall?

Am on prednisone and insulin. Gained a lot if weight. Cannot take appetite reducers. Tried dieting, but too hungry. What can cut appetite naturall?

Eat righy: It is what you eat that counts. If you have no discipline nothing will help. Eat small meals every 3 hours, minimize carbs, no sweets, no sodas of any kind including diet, no snacking, drink 8 oz of water every hour. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking 60mg prednisone for my glomerulonephritis for the next few months. Can I convert the weight gained into muscle through activity?

I'm currently taking 60mg prednisone for my glomerulonephritis for the next few months. Can I convert the weight gained into muscle through activity?

You need exercise: The weight related to corticosteroids is fat and the muscle can lose density. You need weigth control, exercise but some of this is beyond of your control. There have been developed diets for this setting and you can discuss this with your physician. I have seen little promise form these unfortuantely. Advise from the lupus foundation includes: Here are some things to keep in mind: Plan meals ahead Limit serving size Drink lots of water Get plenty of calcium from low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese Eat smaller meals 3-5 times a day Avoid temptations ...Read more

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Will I gain a lot of weight if I take steroids like prednisone; I'm really afraid of weight gain?

Depends: It depends on much steroid you take and for how long. Even high doses taken for short periods produce less weight gain than more modest doses taken over a long time. If you do gain weight, some of to is due to the steroid itself (not your fault) but some it can be due to increased hunger and eating (in your control). ...Read more

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What can you eat while on a paleo diet to gain weight? She's a prednisone-diabetic and has fallen to a scant 101 lbs! I'm very worried about her.

What can you eat while on a paleo diet to gain weight? She's a prednisone-diabetic and has fallen to a scant 101 lbs! I'm very worried about her.

Consult dietitian: With such a complex issue, she needs the help of a dietitian. Also attempts should be made to reduce or eliminate the prednisone since there are alternatives which may be less harmful. Without knowing why the prednisone Rx is for, it is hard to tell you any more. ...Read more

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