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Question: Past Burn victim vs Diabetes-Could there be a connection?

 totianna20000 - Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:04 am

My grandfather was involved in a terrible explosion at his job site several years ago. He was burned over 75% of his body. He was never able to work again. He developed Diabetes a few years ago. He is the only person in the family with Diabetes. Is there any research on whether or not burn victims can develope Diabetes or not? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
 Rhonda P, CEP - Sat Jul 09, 2005 8:04 pm

User avatar Hello,

Specialists are finding triggers to diabetes such as viral or bacterial infections, chemical toxins and autoimmune reactions – all which could have happened within your Grandfathers body after his burn. He may have been put on some type of steroid such as Prednisone after the burn which also could have caused steroid induced diabetes. Burns are so hard on a person’s body and cause metabolic breakdown, there ia a good possibility. You may be able to contact an Endocrinologist in your area to answer your questions in a more thorough manner.

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