Does progesterone increase sugar level?

by Kamal Mishra
(New Delhi, India)

I am 32 years old and I am 8 months pregnant. My gyne doctor prescribed Susten 200mg capsule from the 4th month of pregnancy and side by side she is giving me the injection Hucog 5000 for the growth of the child.

I am a diabetic patient and I am taking insulin - 40 units in the morning and 22 units at night. Whilst taking this my sugar level increased after the completion of 6 month ie 165-220 (fasting) and 180-203 (random).

Please advise if this is due to the Susten 200 or Hucog 5000 injection. Please give me your valuable advise asap.

Regards and thanks in advance.

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Apr 27, 2009
Does progesterone increase sugar level?
by: Wray

Hi Kamal. No progesterone does not increase sugar levels, in fact it usually helps stabilise it. Oestrogen on the other hand does, hence the cravings many women get before their periods.
Oestrogen causes insulin resistance, which results in impaired glucose tolerance or a rise in glucose levels, as it's not entering the cells where it's needed.

It could be you need more progesterone to counter the possible higher oestrogen. Pregnancy and diabetes is hugely complex, and it appears your doctor knows what she's doing. I would suggest you ask her advice on the increased sugar level. Take care, Wray.

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