Trial or Study
4 trials used prednisone in high doses ranging from 1.5 mg/kg/day to 5 mg/kg on alternate days
prolongation of walking by about 2 years in one study; one study showed no benefit
Side effects of prednisone and other corticosteroids include increased appetite and weight gain, as well as osteoporosis (porous and weakened bones). Appropriate nutritional supplements while being treated with prednisone include calcium and Vitamin D.
Meal planning suggestions
Weight gain is a side effect of prednisone regardless of how much a person eats. However, since many people on...
Knowing if you're on the right course with corticosteroids
"Since being on prednisone, I’ve been up and down with my weight and up and down with the milligram dosage,” says Carlie Brinker. “I’m 19, and I’ve been on prednisone for 11 years.”
Extra pounds carry more weight in neuromuscular disease
If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably already tried to lose weight. You already know the basic, simple formula for success (burn more calories than you eat), and you know just how devilishly hard it is to follow.
People with neuromuscular diseases are up against a double (or triple or quadruple) whammy when it comes to losing weight. In addition to the usual dieting challenges — yummy...
If they’re undertaken with care and supervision, exercises that strengthen and build muscle, and exercises that burn calories, can help you lose weight — or at least enjoy a little more food without gaining.
Limited research suggests that most people with slowly progressive muscle diseases can do some exercise and gain muscle strength. Careful exercise even may protect muscles against damage from...