How Do You Lose Weight While Taking Insulin?

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Diet Strategies For Women With Diabetes: Why Some Work And Why Some Don't

If you're a woman with diabetes, have you ever cut back on your insulin — perhaps just a little — because you've discovered that you can lose a few pounds in a few days by doing so? And then, when you go back to using your normal amount of insulin, are you dismayed to discover that you gain the weight back — and perhaps more — in equally rapid fashion? Over time, have you come to blame the insulin for your weight gain problems, so you take less insulin than you should — even though you're blood glucose runs higher as a result? Over 40 women with diabetes, many of whom admitted to having let this familiar thought process influence their diabetes program, came together at Joslin's second Women and Diabetes symposium recently. The day-long symposium attracted nearly 100 women with diabetes who heard talks on topics ranging from the interrelationship of diabetes, menopause, and heart disease, to a session on having a healthy pregnancy if you have diabetes. One of the most popular sessions, however, was entitled "Living on the Edge." Presented by Joslin dietitian Karen Chalmers, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., who is the Director of Nutrition Services at Joslin, the session examined the b Continue reading >>

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  1. sheddy59

    Hi! I am a newbie and I was searching the forums and noticed this section on diabetes. I am very concerned about being able to lose weight while being on insulin & Actos. Can anyone help me to understand weight gain & insulin?

  2. walking2lose

    Yes! My husband is a type 1 diabetic (30+ years) -- he takes insulin daily and is tall and thin.
    The best thing I can recommend for you would be low carb eating - Primal Blueprint is excellent for diabetics --- keep the carbs around just for reactions.
    Good luck!

  3. Bac0s

    I'm sure you know that insulin is a growth hormone, so it can be challenge but it can be done. I've lot 20 pounds before, before falling off the wagon. I would recommend meeting with your doctor first so that you can make a plan for your insulin usage.
    Do you take injections or are you on the pump?
    The hardest part (for me) has been the adjustments as I eat healthier (fewer refined carbs) and increase activity. I go through several days/week or two of insulin reactions. It can get discouraging b/c you HAVE to eat and you don't want to because you're trying to lose weight, but it will happen.
    The good part is, the more insulin you take the hungrier you get. When you decrease it as you go along, it helps a bit with decreasing appetite.

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