Insulin Pump and Weight Gain

By TMARQ45 Latest Reply 2014-07-22 10:26:08 -0500
Started 2011-07-12 13:44:42 -0500

I have been on the Insulin pump since February 2011 and I have gained almost 20 lbs.! I don't know what to do. I definitely do NOT want to go back to injections. Any advise?

19 replies

RebDee 2014-07-22 10:26:08 -0500 Report

I have been on the insulin pump for the past 7 years and while I have gained weight, I attribute it to the fact that I was eating more but enjoying it less. Never did I think that it was the fault of the insulin pump. Since starting my NO WHITE Diet (no rice, white potatoes, pasta, salt, sugar), I have started losing weight. And I have added as part of my diet PLEXUS, which has caused me to lose 9 lbs in less than one month. The problem with Diabetes in a nutshell is that what goes in your mouth turns to fats and causes weight gain but if you are careful about what you eat, you can easily lose weight. I truly believe that your insulin pump is your best friend.

Ms French
Ms French 2011-07-13 10:35:48 -0500 Report

Hi Newbie here. I have a pump and I have to count carbs. How many carbs should I have a day?

GabbyPA 2011-07-14 08:30:11 -0500 Report

That is something that you need to work out with your doctor along with the use of your pump. Generally, we consume 15-45 carbs per meal and 15 carbs per snack. Some people may need more or less depending on how their body reacts.

GabbyPA 2011-07-13 09:29:29 -0500 Report

One of the reasons that people tend to gain weight when they are in better control of their sugar is because the sugar is actually going where it is supposed to. Into your cells, so like Harlen said, you can reduce the sugars that go in, or you can exercise the ones that are there to keep the weight off.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-13 10:07:19 -0500 Report

So, when you have diabetes, the sugar is not getting into the cells, but just floating in the blood stream? When the sugar gets into the blood, does that increase available energy?

GabbyPA 2011-07-13 10:11:08 -0500 Report

When it gets into the cells it should give you more energy. That is why lethargy is one of the top symptoms of diabetes. The energy stays in the blood, not in the cells that need it. It's not an all or nothing situation, but it is one of the factors.

Harlen 2011-07-12 17:19:24 -0500 Report

The good news is you can stop gaining the bad news is that you must do one of two things
1 cut the carbs
2 work out a lot more
Form somone thats ben there
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-07-12 21:49:21 -0500 Report

you probably will need to do both of those things

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-13 10:05:50 -0500 Report

I am glad neither of you mentioned that they have to send each of you a dollar a day! I agree with both. I have found cutting carbs easier than exercise, but when I exercise my sugar levels are much better.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-15 08:29:22 -0500 Report

Oh wow I must owe you both about 500 each by now. I never can read the fine print, my eye Dr gives up about 4 lines above it.

jayabee52 2011-07-15 10:11:39 -0500 Report

well you know that most internet browsers have a way to magnify the print. I run the Internet explorer I use at 125 to 150% It can be magnified to 400% so that's no excuse! LoL!