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How To Avoid Insulin-related Weight Gain

Managing diabetes sometimes requires insulin treatment, which may lead to weight gain. Find out why and learn how to manage your weight while using insulin. When diet, exercise, and oral diabetes medications aren't enough to control diabetes, adding insulin can help get your blood sugar under control. Although insulin is an important part of diabetes treatment, some people may have an issue with weight gain after starting on it. If insulin has been prescribed as part of your treatment plan, you may need to pay extra attention to your weight management efforts in addition to blood sugar management. "Insulin weight gain is a well-known problem and concern for people with type 2 diabetes," says Amber L. Taylor, MD, an endocrinologist who directs the Diabetes Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "This is problematic because weight gain can make managing diabetes more difficult." Why Is Weight Gain an Insulin Side Effect? A study published in the journal Clinical Medicine Insights: Endocrinology and Diabetes focused on 102 people with type 2 diabetes who had recently started taking insulin. After the first year of insulin therapy, both men and women in the study had increased th Continue reading >>

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  1. ramore

    weight loss and insulin

    I have read so many things about insulin causing weight gain. I have recently started on lantus. My bs have been high so I know this is something I have to do. I recently lost 40lbs and I feel good about this. I did alot of walking this summer about 6 miles at least 5 times a week. My concern is I do I keep from gaining this weight back being on insulin. Is it possible to lose weight on insulin or is everybody doomed to be heavy. I have had a weight problem for years. I am always dieting. Now I am eating about 30 carbs for breakfast, 30 for lunch and dinner and 15 for snack this is what the dietician gave me. If anybody could give me some advice on how to lose weight or at least not gain it back I would appreciate it.

  2. Nan OH

    Low-carb, exercise, and portion control = weight control/loss
    If you are just using Lantus you may not have as much of a problem but everyone reacts differently. Many diabetics would lower their breakfast and dinner carb count to 20 instead of the 30.
    There may be improvements in blood glucose levels as carb intake is adjusted. If changes are made, they should be written down so that a medical team and the patient can see cause and effect. Do you take any other meds for diabetes?
    This is a trial and error condition for all of us. Best of luck.

  3. She ra

    Not real sure about that, I gained 22 pounds, but, I had a lot of lows that I had to battle with extra carbs until I got the hang of it. If I would have known about the possible weight gain I would have cut back on the calories and carbs so in case of a low I would not consume more than I needed in a day. That is what i would do, but, you can't take insulin and cut back too much or you will be hypo all the time. You also have to be careful with exercise, if you are on just lantus I think the slow moving insulin is safe to exercise on, but if you are on rapid insulin along with lantus then you have to be careful when you exercise. At least I do, I can't exercise from 1 to 3 hours after insulin, the 4th or 5th hour is best for me, but, every diabetic is different.

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