Weight gain

By Nicholuch Latest Reply 2012-07-30 01:09:48 -0500
Started 2012-07-24 12:51:44 -0500

I am on novolog and lantus. I inject myself 5x a day. Does insulin cause weight gain?

9 replies

Armourer 2012-07-30 01:09:48 -0500 Report

Everyone is different. What works for one, may not work for another. I've been diabetic for 14 yrs, and on insulin for the last six. In six years I've gained 40 lbs. Wasn't informed to change my injection site, so I used my left side for two years and noticed that my love handles on the left side were larger than on the right. My doc just laughs and states that for some they will gain from insulin. He also informed me that one reason why some folks gain weight is because insulin is hormone based. I utilize portion control, and usually take no more then 25 carbs a day, and many days no carbs. Doesn't matter for me. I take 110 units of Lantus and Humalog each time I eat at 22 units + sliding scale + carb count. Lately to maintain my weight I eat once a day (less insulin) plus victoza which works for maintaining my BGs.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-26 05:41:33 -0500 Report

I am on the same insulin like you have been for almost a year now. The only time I saw weight gain was when I was having problems with hypoglycemia, sometimes still do, cause you have to carb up! I don't take more than 5-10 units of novolog and Lantus is usually at 26 u. I am on a low carb diet, like others here and a lot of times will eat based on my BG reading. No weight gain and have lost 4 lbs. In 2 months! I do exercise Monday thru fri!

Nicholuch 2012-07-26 07:17:03 -0500 Report

I take 25 units of Lantus at bedtime, 25 units of Lantus before breakfast, 10 units of Novolog two hours later, and 20 units of Novolog before each meal.

Type1Lou 2012-07-25 08:37:30 -0500 Report

Insulin, in and of itself, doesn't cause weight gain but it enables your body to use the food you eat more efficiently and the more you eat (the more insulin you take), the more your body is able to process the food and store the excess as fat, hence the weight gain…at least that's how I understand it. My goal is to eat enough to maintain my weight at around 120 lbs while keeping my BG's acceptable. For me, this means limiting my carbs to 120 grams per day. I use an average of 16u of Novolog per day. My last A1c was 6.9 and I'm trying to improve that…need to exercise more regularly and maybe curtail some of the carbs.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-24 20:57:40 -0500 Report

Being a life long insulin user I can tell you it does. But, not usually too much and the people who say they have gained 20lbs or more can usually see they are not eating right, following portion control or getting exercise in regularly. Also, it is important to take the correct amount if insulin and not take more then needed. It will take work to get the eating and exercise routine down so as to maintain the weight. Just have to take it one day at a time:)

jigsaw 2012-07-24 13:53:57 -0500 Report

Excellent info Mays! I think its important to highlight that weight gain due to isulin can be controlled and even eliminated with a healthy food plan and portion control. I'm a good example, and I adjusted to the portion control within a week and a half. I have not gained weight, but I have maintained my weight for about 1 year. It takes a bit of doing in the very beginning, but it simply becomes a way of life and habit after a short time.

jigsaw 2012-07-24 13:02:04 -0500 Report

Not if you utilize portion control ! When I first went on insulin, I started gaining weight rapidly. It was alarming to me. I spoke with my dietician who discussed portion control with me. It works !!!

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