How Do You Lose Weight While Taking Insulin?

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Thinkstock For some people on insulin therapy for type 2 diabetes, weight gain is an unwanted side effect. But don’t be tempted to skip insulin doses to keep off the pounds. Poorly controlled diabetes increases your risk for serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, says Don McClain, MD, PhD, professor of endocrinology and metabolism and director of the Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Instead, you can avoid weight gain from insulin and keep your blood sugar levels in check by following a few important steps. The Link Between Insulin and Weight Gain In order to prevent weight gain when you start taking insulin, it’s important to understand why it happens. “Several different factors come into play,” Dr. McClain explains. People may begin taking insulin because their diabetes is not well controlled. He points out this actually could have led to weight loss prior to starting insulin therapy for a few different reasons: When you’re not managing diabetes well, your body can’t use glucose from food for energy. Excess glucose in the blood spills out through the urine, wasting ca Continue reading >>

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  1. Fluffy Duck

    Hi I am a female with Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Dependent. Can I ask do others find it hard to lose weight? Any suggestions would be helpful? Thanks

  2. Guzzler

    Hello and welcome to the forum. I know that some T2s on insulin have managed to lose some weight and even lower the amount of insulin they have to take but I am not insulin medicated so while you wait for some advice on this I shall tag @daisy1 who will swing by and give you some really good information that she offers to all new members. Good luck.

  3. rob1957

    I am T2, insulin dependent too, and yes, its hard to lose weight. One big thing that did not help is I was not told insulin often helps you to GAIN weight. Its still possible though - I am currently on a low carb diet, more exercise, no beer, and dropped 4kgs in 2 weeks. I have just got back down to the top end of 'normal' BMI' as a result. I am doing all this to try to lower the insulin I need. Love to get off it altogether but not likely with a very string family history of T2.

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