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Insulin And Weight Gain: Keep The Pounds Off

Insulin and weight gain often go hand in hand, but weight control is possible. If you need insulin therapy, here's how to minimize — or avoid — weight gain. Weight gain is a common side effect for people who take insulin — a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar (glucose) by cells. This can be frustrating because maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of your overall diabetes management plan. The good news is that it is possible to maintain your weight while taking insulin. The link between insulin and weight gain When you take insulin, glucose is able to enter your cells, and glucose levels in your blood drop. This is the desired treatment goal. But if you take in more calories than you need to maintain a healthy weight — given your level of activity — your cells will get more glucose than they need. Glucose that your cells don't use accumulates as fat. Avoid weight gain while taking insulin Eating healthy foods and being physically active most days of the week can help you prevent unwanted weight gain. The following tips can help you keep the pounds off: Count calories. Eating and drinking fewer calories helps you prevent weight gain. Stock the refri Continue reading >>

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  1. Leslieluv21

    Does Insulin Cause weight Gain?

    Hello everyone, I hope you all have been enjoying your Labor Day Off or just your day in general :) I have a question for those of you who are taking insulin or have been taking it for a while now. I was put on Humulus - regular insulin and on Lantus - basil insulin. I wanted to know if these insulins cause weight gain. Are any of you on the same insulins as me? Please let me know :)

  2. diabetesfree

    Insulin has definitely caused me to gain weight since I started taking it a few years ago. One reason that has me convinced of this is because of a handful of times there has been some screw-up with my pharmacy and I went a week or more without any long-acting insulin at all. The result was almost immediate weight loss, which ended just as soon as I got back on the insulin. Even though I managed to keep my blood glucose levels pretty low through additional exercise and stricter control of my diet than usual, going off insulin always has the same result for me.

  3. Armourer

    I am one of those who says emphatically yes! I've been on insulin for 6 yrs; humalog (22 baseline, + sliding scale, + carb count). The carb count was added two years ago and for me was the answer to controlling blood sugars (BG). The Lantus is 100 units. In 6 years I've gained 44 pounds. Probably my problem is partly due to not eating enough, I skimp to much usually around 750 cal. and as close to zero carbs as possible. I don't exercise due to two back injuries, so that is part of it also. Yet my doc states that I'm one of those who gains weight from insulin. So beware. I can gain as much as 10 pounds in a week, then next week lose it. 1 year ago the doc added Victoza, a shot every day that is suppose to make one lose weight, say 40-100 pounds in 4 months. Yea, I've lost a whopping 6 lbs! Also FYI, if nobody told you change your injection locations with each shot. Nobody told me to do that. 1.5 yrs later I noticed that my left side had misallocation of fat, i.e., the left was fatter then the right. Bummer, took me about 2 yrs to correct the problem. Good luck! This site is fantastic for knowledge and support.

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