eating more and gaining weight...

denatrout1974
By denatrout1974 Latest Reply 2011-08-23 09:59:34 -0500
Started 2011-08-19 10:34:40 -0500

hi ,im struggleing really bad right now it seems that ever since my diagnoses i have been eating more and i have gained almost ten pds ,i know ive been taking some new meds as well,but none say that weight gain is a side affect,i was on januvia for awhile but now im back on metformen,i feel saddened by this and dont know what to do about it besides eat less.if anyone has any sugestion they would be much appreciated,also i have to be carefull what i do becouse bp drops real low and has caused me tp pass out.


39 replies

sprink
sprink 2011-08-21 15:17:38 -0500 Report

Water is always part of the solution, drink a lot. Diabetic medicine will put weight on you. Try eating less carb's and more protein. Each morning drink a protein shake and add peanut butter. You will start losing weigh and gain energy. Eat small amounts breakfast, snake, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. Do not eat after 7pm. Any questions, please inform. Jim

robertoj
robertoj 2011-08-21 15:16:25 -0500 Report

Every body is different. I lost about 15lbs when I was on metformin and glyberide. I was put on insulin about a year ago. I feel a lot better using insulin. You appear to have a lot of anxiety. That could factor into your weight gain. Relaxation techniques along with exercise, education and strong support system would be helpful. When I got my dx I knew that it is serious, I knew I needed to make major changes, but I also was taught to not take myself too serious. I have been very involved in my recovery; I have changed what and how I eat, I exercise, have excellent communication with my doctor and I keep logs on everything. I feel better than I have in years and I've lost a total of 75 lbs. It takes time so don't fret about your progress you will get there.

peg50
peg50 2011-08-21 14:54:24 -0500 Report

Hi. I would try eating five small meals a day and drink more water. It worked for me

bigeyedgirl
bigeyedgirl 2011-08-21 12:33:22 -0500 Report

i know right? i have been diagnosed since nov 2 years ago. i started on glipozide and metformen and started gaining weight instantly!! my dr i had took me off of glipozide and increase met formen dos and i am now at a 25 lb increase and i'm always hungry. i'm miserable

Penny Lou
Penny Lou 2011-08-20 11:06:04 -0500 Report

any RX affects vary person to person. On weight loss, I do best cutting out obvious carbs like bread and sugar, eating fresh fruit, veggies, and grilled meats with 1-2 days a week on protein shakes…watch the calories on them and adding fruit ups the calories. I like HMR shakes , not chalky and balanced vit./minerals, low calories. It is like an adkins diet only allowing for any veggies and fruit ,,,I do limit/cut out potatoes.

catroter53
catroter53 2011-08-19 21:47:15 -0500 Report

when i first started on metformin i too ,,gained 10 pounds!! noticed it made me more hungry at night,, so i try and take it around 8pm with a snack and usually i go to bed around 10 or 11,, i did lose those ten pds,,plus 15 more,, i take 1000 twice a day,,,

hac62
hac62 2011-08-20 11:37:05 -0500 Report

i too gained weight on metformen and I really need to lose it 8 months before that I quit smoking totally no more lying to myself and that was before I was diagnosed type 2 diabetic. Now I try to eat healthy it costs are more but in the long run I feel better, quit soft drinks[diet} cookies, cakes, etc eat fruit and vegetables

onefunblonde57
onefunblonde57 2011-08-19 21:27:32 -0500 Report

HELLO DENATROUT1974…I AM ON METFORMIN AND I ACTUALLY LOST 9 POUNDS OVER A 4 MONTH TIME FRAME…DIAGNOSED IN APRIL 2011, I THINK YOUR BODY WILL ADJUST TO THE MEDICATION, IF YOU CAN GET SOME WALK
TIME IN, WHEN YOU CAN,AND WATCH YOUR DIET JUST A LITTLE MORE CLOSELY
AS TO WHAT YOU EAT,THIS MAY HELP…ALSO TRY TO DRINK MORE WATER,
IT FILLS YOU UP,AND CAUSES YOU TO EAT LESS…SALADS ARE AWESOME AT
THIS TIME OF YEAR,AND HAVE WATER CONTENT AS WELL. HOPE THIS HELPS.

GOD BLESS…ONEFUNBLONDE57

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-08-19 12:57:38 -0500 Report

I know there is nothing on the bottles of metformen about weight gain, but it can cause weight gain. Almost every diabetic medication that you take wll cause weight gain. I hate to tell you that as a certified pharmacy technican, I know every year we have to do 20 hours of continued education and I do all of mine I diabetes just so I can learn everything about it I have had it for over 30 years and it never ends. I would not eat any less than what the doctor or your diatian want you eating because that can cause problems with you BS and reactions. I would do the exercises that yo can do not over do but try doing them a couple times a day and see if that helps stop the weight gain and possibly helps loose the weight your concerned about or at least maintane where your weight is at.

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-20 02:30:10 -0500 Report

i THINK THIS IS GOOD INFORMATION. EVERYONE THAT I KNOW WHO IS ON METFORMEN GAINS SOME WEIGHT BUT I DON'T THINK IT CONTINUES. DIASCHM

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-08-20 02:33:11 -0500 Report

It kinda of like taking insulin, most people will gain weight but not everyone, and then it tapers off. If your dose increases your likely to gain more just like if you were doing insuling shots. But again that tapers off.

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-19 14:39:36 -0500 Report

Wow, my doctor told me Metformin would help me lose weight. Jeesh! It hasn't yet, btw, and I have been taking 1000 mg twice a day for 2 months now.

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-08-19 14:47:48 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear that your doctor told you it would help you loose weight, we get all the drug facts from the pharmacy reps and the mnufacturers of the meds. I just dd a two hour program on it a few months ago. Although I do not currently work in the field, as Isaid we have to do all this continued education and we have the big stuff it all gets sent to us to do our lessons and test on it.

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-19 14:52:08 -0500 Report

I guess that just means it makes it a little harder to lose weight, but not impossible. Slow and steady is the way to go anyways, and I am sure slow weight loss, while managing blood glucose levels is probably best anyways. :-) Thank you for the info!!!

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-08-19 15:24:44 -0500 Report

Yes, it is. The one thing that I have found that can help loose weight when taking diabetic medications is Glucerna Shakes, meal replacement bars, snack bars and their cereal they make. They are made especially for diabetics and formulated so you don't get the spikes in blood sugars when you eat them the are really good too.

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-08-19 20:04:19 -0500 Report

i love glucerna stuff helps me manage my blood sugars and weight. good selection stuff. cheapest place to get glucerna stuff is walmart in case your wondering.you can get coupons from there web site to.glucerna website.

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-08-19 20:20:41 -0500 Report

If you go to the glucerna web site, www.Glucerna.com and register you can choose to print the coupons at home or they will mail them if you print them at home you can print two. They are also advetising for Diabetes Connect on their web site. They also have a site where you can chat with a live dietitian go to DCFL.COM.. That is so cool.

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-19 12:38:48 -0500 Report

I wish I had a magic pill to lose weight, but I have yet to find one!

First I would say, try not to be so hard on yourself. Finding out you are diabetic is a huge thing to get a grasp of. I was 21 when I was diagnosed, and now even at 36 there are times I don't believe it. I like to think I am not overweight, I am not diabetic, and I don't need to watch what I eat, but then I realize this is reality, and a reality for many of us.

You mentioned eating less. It isn't about eating less, it is more about knowing what you are eating and making the right choices. You could eat a cookie or 2, if you really wanted too, or you could eat a few stalks of celery and sliced red and green peppers with hummus for less calories. Sometimes we are going to eat the cookies, and that is fine, as long we count them. I guess I am just saying you don't have to limit food if you are hungry or want something just to lose weight.

I have faith that you will figure out a plan that works well for you, and you will feel so much better and in control. Hang in there and read and learn everything you can. Hugs!!!

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-19 11:57:27 -0500 Report

Hi. I know how you feel. Insulin has made me gain weight. I find that drinking a lot of water helps keep me fuller.also drink a full glass BEFORE meals.this really works and you will NOT eat as much!. Healthy soups are a wonderful thing to diet on. They taste great and are low in calories! Veggies in the soup are good for you too! Also tuna fish is high in protein and is wonderful for a diet. Try and snack on veggies and drink LOTS of water during the day! The water will flush out your body and make you full. You MUST force yourself to do this! It really helps! I sometimes put lemon or lime juice in my water for a splash of flavor. But carry around that bottle of water! This is a key factor in dieting. Make sure to cut out all soda pop even diet and replace with water to help flush your system! Lean chicken is also good for diet. Mix it up have many different veggies avaiable don't get bored! Snack on fruit and veggies. In the grocery store they have ready made veggie platters these are so nice to have around for snacking! Also for salad dressing they have a light dressing that you actually SPRAY on the salad. This is awsome because you use so much less of it! Try to incorporate small daily exercise into your routine. Small evening walks, walks at lunch break at work, any form of physical activity.I love the evening walks when the weather has cooled down. Park your car farther away from the store, take stairs, all these small choices add up and will suprise you on how well this works! Take small baby steps to change your habits to healthier ones. Believe it or not small changes make a big difference! Don't eat in front of the tv. Change your habbits slowly and you will be amazed on how fast. You will loose those unwanted ponnds! Don't stress eat! Ask yourself am I eating because I'm hungry or am I eating because I'm bored or stressed?? The answers might suprise you. Lots of time we eat out of bordome, or during times of stress! You can do this! Go online and find daily encouragements, fill your mind with positive messages! I hope some of this advice helps you and wish you the best! God bless! And good luck! :) remember YOU CAN DO IT! Stay positive :)

bigeyedgirl
bigeyedgirl 2011-08-21 12:47:28 -0500 Report

Thank you for your encouraging words / it helps alot!

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-21 14:38:25 -0500 Report

Your welcome! If you ever want to talk I'm here. And don't worry take small steps and you can reach your goals! Things take time so please DON'T beat yourself up over this! When I first got put on insulin I also gainec weight. Uuuugh! But honey, takeing care of your diabetes and yourself is first.your beautiful they way you are! Remember that ok?

aprylrayne
aprylrayne 2011-08-19 22:07:44 -0500 Report

when i cook dinner, I use a small desert plate, and only do a cup of the main part of the meal, major salad, and try to skip the carbs. Because I live check to check, hamburger helper and chicken helper are part of the staples… but i keep my portion very small. Water… Eww… I know I need it but I have used Crystal light in mine… I can't stand bland water… I have parked at the end of walmarts parking lot… and gotten some strange looks… I don't care… I have taken stairs when given the choice… my job has me sitting on my bfa all day… the office manager has no idea why I get up in the middle of things and just walk the building…

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-19 12:40:29 -0500 Report

Ugh, When my sugar was really out of control my doctor kept raising my insulin, and I gained 25 pounds in about 2 months. It was very discouraging!!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-19 11:31:11 -0500 Report

Hi Dena, sometimes it is not the physical, but the mental that gets me. There were 2 times that I am trained to eat, good times (birthdays, weddings, picnics, parties etc.) and bad times (just got bad news, funerals, waiting for news not knowing if it is good or bad etc.) I agree with Jolene (love that name) below. For a week list everything you put into you month. You may also want to list all the things you were going to put into your mouth before you realized you would have to write them down! this will give you an idea of where your carbs/calories are coming from. Me, I wish I had someone to dance with and I wish I could dance, but you do need some form of exercise. Best to you, Jim

Renegirl
Renegirl 2011-08-19 11:12:27 -0500 Report

Metformin do me the same way, I have to make myself eat, But I have lost some weight after being place on this med. But i also have a problem with the smell, it go in and come out smelling the same. I don't like the unpleasant smell it gives me. I wonder if others have the same problem.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-19 11:24:08 -0500 Report

No, I happen to like the smell of 3 day old fish left inside a car!

Renegirl
Renegirl 2011-08-19 11:49:36 -0500 Report

O.K.

ash99
ash99 2011-08-19 21:46:32 -0500 Report

Soooo that is what the smell is!!!! lol I had not related the smell to metformin, which I have been on for several years, but could not understand why I could not get rid of the smell!!!

JoleneAL
JoleneAL 2011-08-19 10:47:04 -0500 Report

Metformin killed my appetite so I have to force myself to eat; sorry you are not experiencing that, or some small amount.

My suggestion would be keep a food diary for a week and then go over what you've been eating. Find where you can replace lower calorie foods, or low carb foods for something.

Also, are you exercising? (I don't, so won't ding you if you don't).

RachelAnn
RachelAnn 2011-08-22 23:00:41 -0500 Report

I learned something new about metaformin! Thank you! Now I understand where the fish smell and taste comes from! Never thought it was the meds.

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