weight gain & insulin

By Crazylady58 Latest Reply 2011-07-13 00:12:09 -0500
Started 2011-06-25 11:24:49 -0500

Please excuse my poor spelling. My computer and I have no idea how to spell the names of most medications.

Up until last summer I have been on things like Janumet and Biata On those meds, my sugar levels were not the best but I was gradually losing weight. I was ok with that but my practitioner was not, so she switched me to Lantis and Ameryl. There was very little change with that except that the weight loss stopped. So Novalog was added. Since then I have been gaining weight at a startling rate! But because my sugar levels are leveling out to an average reading of around 150 she is happy with the results. I am not a happy person!
I'm the one that has to carry this body around all day. I try to eat healthy which is difficult on my budget, and I'm working at making my portions smaller, but I'm also starving most of the time and still gaining weight!

Does anyone know anything that I can do to change this? Am I alone here, or are there others with the same problem? I hate being fat!

18 replies

cupcake0923 2011-07-07 17:18:05 -0500 Report


Crazylady58 2011-07-13 00:12:09 -0500 Report

I used to take byette but they took me off it before they started me on the lantus and novalog. went to the doc today. Not sure I like the results of that. my weight is down by 3 lbs. Yeehaw! But considering that I didn't eat hardly anything all week last week that is no big shock. But the doc didn't like the sound of my lungs so she sent me to hospital for X-rays.

Armourer 2011-06-28 21:54:34 -0500 Report

I can relate ever so well! 13 years ago I was on ameryl. I lost 43 pounds. But in time the diabetes worsened and I went to Lantus and Humalog. In the past five years I've gained nearly 35 pounds from the insulin. I basically have a caloric intake of 1100 calories a day, or less. Guess the key is exercise! I've two back injuries that prevent it, so I gain weight! Good luck!

Crazylady58 2011-06-29 08:52:30 -0500 Report

Wow! I wish that I had only gained 35 pounds in 5 years. Change that to 1 year and add another 10 to 15 pounds to it. Its been a while since I actually counted the calories I eat, the nutritionist that I was seeing told me to use the tennis ball diet. Its much easier than counting and adding up the calories. Since my last checkup I've decided the woman is crazy and I'm going back to counting those stupid calories unless I can figure out how to squeeze a low carb diet out of my food budget.

MrsCDogg 2011-06-28 05:47:57 -0500 Report

I can relate! Since going on Lantus I've gained weight too. I don't eat any more, haven't changed what I eat either. It's just the insulin.

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Drees moma 2011-06-27 20:55:06 -0500 Report

I seriously recognize your issue.I haven't been able to loose a lot of weight but I have managed to loose some.What I had to do was become sort of selfish and make sure I have the veggies and fruit I need to eat to handle my weight issues. I have for the last two decades tried to stretch my very limited resources to feed not one but two people. It didn't work very well. Taking supplements will only do so much . They will not replace what you are not getting in your diet. All you can do is watch how much bread and fat you consume and carry carrot sticks instead of stopping for a burger.

Crazylady58 2011-06-28 08:31:55 -0500 Report

Being selfish is not an option for me. I have two other people that I am responsible for and they have to eat too. I never stop off for burgers, although I do make them myself at home. I eat mine with a little catchup, dill pickle and salad on the side, no bread. Once a month we call out for pizza, that is my treat for myself.

tomecom 2011-06-26 06:57:58 -0500 Report

Insulin will not cause weight gain if it is in proper proportion to the carbohydrates and fat that you eat. Weight gain occurs when glucose and insulin are in excess. If you eat more than your body needs to function and excess insulin is present, the insulin will force the excess glucose into storage in the liver and adipose tissue as fat, and it will block the release of the fat.
Eating a low glycemic index diet, in the proper portion sizes, and limiting insulin to just what is needed can actually result in weight loss. That is, of course, providing that you are properly hydrated, stay physically active, and take an all natural multivitamin daily. The multivitamins will enable the body to produce the amino acids that it needs to regulate blood sugar, insulin, mood, and weight.

tripletsmamaw 2011-06-27 11:04:07 -0500 Report

when my dr started me on lantus and novolog, he said it did cause weight gain. I didnt gain any at first I stayed the same weight, but after he increase my units , i have had a big increase in appeitite and have gain weight since he increased them. He said it was a good kind of weight gain cause it was keeping my sugar down, but I am already overweight and trying to loose and now this is making it hard

Crazylady58 2011-06-27 12:36:23 -0500 Report

Yes, that's what they told me, I am so far over weight that every pound I put on makes it more and more difficult for me to deal with the arthritis and fibro among other things. I don't want to GAIN weight! I've thought seriously about that surgery (gastric bypass) because they say that when you have that it almost always makes it so you no longer need insulin. If my medicaid will pay for it, I just might go for it. But the draw backs have me a little worried.

jayabee52 2011-07-12 21:56:52 -0500 Report

The gastric bypass surgery is not always living up to expectations.

It is far better to lose your weight naturally. Eat a lo carb/high protein diet. I lost about 40 lbs in 6 mo that way, and I wasn't even trying to lose. Just trying to control my Blood Glucose readings without the use of medications.

avg 2011-07-12 21:34:45 -0500 Report

I am having Gastric Bypass surgery in the next 2-3 mos. I had to struggle very hard to get A1c down to good levels and tom. I see my surgeon for my consult. I go to monthly meetings at weight center at local medical center. People are very supportive. If you are serious about this go to an area med ctr that has these programs to learn more info. Good Luck.

edvel54 2011-06-25 23:34:24 -0500 Report

I have found that many of the diabetes meds, tell you that you will gain weight. Not much you can do about it.
Eating a low carbs diet, will encourage quick weight loss without restricting calories. As well as weight loss, low carbs diets, can also provide many health benefits. People on low carb diets have reported lower cholesterol, increased energy, reduced sugar cravings, reduced appetite and better concentration.
Low carbs diets don’t require you to exercise everyday or count calories – you can eat food that makes you feel full and enjoy rich foods such as meats, dairy and oils.

sugarlow 2011-06-26 06:44:15 -0500 Report

My Dr. started out saying insulin would not increase weight…she has since admitted it does. since we have to take it. I guess there isn't any thing we can do about it. Grin and bear it!! Or does anyone have a idea what to do?