Steroid used to treat COVID patients causes concern

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(WIVB) — Doctors are raising new concerns about a steroid used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Doctors are prescribing the steroid dexamethasone to many patients with COVID-19, but a new U.K. study finds the drug could induce diabetes in some patients because it causes a spike in blood sugar levels.

For patients already diagnosed with diabetes, the drug can make it worse.

U.K. researchers say the steroid does reduce the risk of death from COVID-19 and can still be beneficial for patients with diabetes if they’re monitored for complications.

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