Ohhh my!! :(

By ashley50 Latest Reply 2014-01-19 23:55:48 -0600
Started 2014-01-14 13:36:36 -0600

I have had type 1 for about 5 years now! First 2 years i was still in my honey moon period, a year and a half ago my honey moon period went away i lost 30pounds fast! I have finally decided that i need to tightly monitor my diabetes, so i have been gaining weight from my insulin can someone please give me some ideas! :( i am getting so depressed not being able to fit into my clothes!!!

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Brittanymaryy 2014-01-19 23:55:48 -0600 Report

Circuit training and a "clean diet"! I've also struggled with my weight since my honeymoon period ended… Like close to 20 pounds :x but so far the circuit training and eating clean has helped! Good luck! You will get through this :)

RedShine 2014-01-16 21:35:29 -0600 Report

Exercise is a great way to manage diabetes. I know it sounds very cliche, but it's a tried and true method. My work out routine consists of push ups and sit ups. Plus it also helps balance the blood sugar

ashley50 2014-01-16 17:22:21 -0600 Report

Thank you jennajo39! Yes that i what i am trying to do on my own right now is cut down my carbs. Just until i can get into the dietician next month!

jennajo39 2014-01-16 10:57:58 -0600 Report

hi,my mother has a similar problem with her weight. and i am her full time caregiver,she also loves food so keeping an eye on what she eats is crucial. carbs are a big step in what has been to blame for her weight gain over the years and once i reduced her carb intake she started to lose the lbs,over the past 6 months she has lost 70 lbs. along with her reducing portions, we didnt cut them out completely but we really pay close attention to what she eats.moderation is the key.

jaydoubleyou23 2014-01-15 16:00:45 -0600 Report

I've been a diabetic for two years and just got out off my honeymoon and I lost so much weight because of my numbers! Haha. I'm now trying to gain 10 pounds!

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2014-01-14 23:18:33 -0600 Report

I have never heard insulin causes weight gain either. Actually, my Endo told me that insulin is the "perfect medication" to be on for the test of your life because there are no side effects…you control them by your dosage. I have heard of some people having allergies to insulin at the injection site, but that's it. The weight gain thing is new to me.

If recommend getting with a dietician who can help you manage carbs and calories. I graze. I don't eat large meals, instead I eat small meals to keep my BG up and allow my Body to burn the carbs during my routine. I like Gatorade chews before a workout to boost BG.

sugarfreesweetp 2014-01-14 21:51:19 -0600 Report

I have been type one diabetic for about 19 years. This is the first time I am hearing that insulin can cause weight gain.

I could be mistaken, but it has always been my understanding that what happens when we first become diabetic - the months and years leading up to our diagnosis, as our body slowly stops producing insulin we either lose weight (if we are fully grown), or simply don't gain weight (during growing years that we should). The reason for this is because without enough insulin, our cells get starved for energy - unable to "eat" the sugar in our blood, our cells turn to our fat - they break down our fat cells in response to our lack of insulin. When we go on insulin our metabolism slows because our cells start to take in the proper energy source.

Although it's a sad side effect - the alternative has dangerous consequences. I don't believe that weight gain is caused by insulin. If anyone knows of any evidence otherwise, I would be extremely curious to learn more about this!

Dieting to lose weight has always been a challenge for me as a diabetic - because as soon as a low blood sugar hits, I have to throw all calorie counting out the window. It is frustrating. The best luck I have had as a diabetic with weight control is portion control, combined with a 4-5 x per week exersize routine. I also have had luck with supplementing some meals for vegetable juices that I make with my home juicer.

Good luck! You can do it. Just get to know your body all over again!

jigsaw 2014-01-15 10:48:12 -0600 Report

I agree that insulin in itself, does not cause weight gain. I guess the confusion comes from the fact that some people start to gain weight while taking insulin. Because insulin allows us to utilize glucose more efficiently, (as you detailed so clearly) proper nutrition and portion control can be an extremely helpful addition.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 16:48:37 -0600 Report

Don't let any of this get you down!

Whatever you do, don't just give up. It is of the utmost importance that you get control as soon as you possibly can.

ashley50 2014-01-14 20:37:16 -0600 Report

I know i am trying my hardest! Its just so hard! I am only 19 years old so my weight is very important too me. I go to my endo in feb & i am gonna see the dietician that shoul help!

ashley50 2014-01-14 15:14:07 -0600 Report

I might need to go see a dietician to help give me a jump start? I have no idea what those might cost to see? Do you?

jigsaw 2014-01-14 16:39:07 -0600 Report

My insurance pays for it, so Unfortunately, I don't know what their cost would be. Possibly another member might be able to answer.
You may want to ask your doctor about meal replacement shakes also.

jigsaw 2014-01-14 15:11:11 -0600 Report

A good registered dietician can help. It's not an easy feat. I use portion control and exercise as prescribed by my dietician. Shortly after I went on insulin, I started gaining weight at an alarming rate. With portion control, exercise, and a healthy balanced food plan, I was able to lose the added weight. You'll probably hate me for saying so, but there is no magical answer, or formula. Of course as I'm sure you're probably aware, you not only have to burn more calories then you take in, but you also have to compensate for insulin use in some cases.