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Author Topic: Prednisone/long term corticosteroids  (Read 175 times)

NurseCathy

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Prednisone/long term corticosteroids
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:42:10 PM »
I had GREAT success on this diet recently and finished the 12-weeks just earlier this summer.  I have been on anti-depressants for several years.  Well as luck would have it I've been diagnosed (again) with scleritis which is an autoimmune problem. So the eye specialist put me back steroids for at least a month and then I go to see a rheumatologist for further treatment. The first time I was put on prednisone I gained weight and had low self-esteem because of the weight gain.  Now I'm set to turn 40 in about 6 weeks and I really want to feel good about myself for that milestone, including a big birthday dinner with my identical twin sister (who weighs 25 pounds less than me as it is  :-\.  My question is, should I try re-starting the SPD? Is there any research that's been done on this diet curbing steroid-induced weight gain?  I'm still on my antidepressants, same dose as I have been for quite awhile. Thank you!
« Last Edit: August 10, 2017, 02:48:20 PM by NurseCathy »

NinaFrusztajerMD

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Re: Prednisone/long term corticosteroids
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 12:12:40 AM »
Hello Nurse Cathy,

First of all, my heart goes out to you around your recent diagnosis of scleritis.  Anytime something is amok in our bodies it affects everything then on top of it the steroids affect the body as well.  I'm glad you're asking the question about the prednisone wanting to prevent weight gain.  And I'm really glad you had great success on the diet earlier this year - that's fabulous!

We do not have research around The Serotonin Power Diet and reversing steroid-induced weight gain.  All I can say is the obvious, that if the SPD works for you to control your appetite and help you lose weight, I suspect it will help prevent weight gain from the prednisone. I want you to feel good about yourself, too!

Please keep us posted and I hope the steroid treatment is a short term thing after which you will be back to baseline.

Nina