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From Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico:

My 10 year old sister, diabetic for almost 2 years, was recently diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was under good control but now with the medication for the JRA, we've been having a hard time to manage her diabetes. Have you treated a patient with both diseases? Is there any research about these two diseases being associated?


Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is slightly more common in children with diabetes than in children without diabetes. Both the illness itself and the medications used to treat it (especially steroids) can increase the blood sugar. It is important to work with a pediatric endocrinologist to learn how to adjust the insulin during times of stress and steroid treatment.


Original posting 2 Jan 98


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