Prednisone: What to eat while you are taking prednisone

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Information about what to eat to reduce the chances of side effects while taking prednisone.

Key points

  • Prednisone has side effects such as weight gain, increased appetite, higher blood pressure and risk of developing osteoporosis and steroid-induced diabetes.
  • Eating a nutritious diet that is low in sodium (salt) and rich in calcium and vitamin D may help reduce some of these side effects.
  • Read food labels to help you choose better options.
  • Physical activity and good nutrition are part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Include your family and friends for support.
Last updated: December 8th 2022