Weight and Insulin Pump

gettin healthy
By gettin healthy Latest Reply 2014-08-05 17:50:34 -0500
Started 2014-07-25 22:15:35 -0500

I have been on the Insulin pump since December 27 2013. I have noticed that since starting it my weight has jumped 20 lbs. I do know exercise is a big part of keeping weight off but with such a busy schedule with work, school, and family I just do not have time right now to do it. Is there anything else that can be done to help drop the pounds I had lost before starting the pump and help keep it off until I can start exercising, which probably will not be until I graduate)? I am at a loss and getting really depressed and discouraged with myself because I do not eat a lot and the weight continues to come on.

18 replies

Type1Lou 2014-07-26 18:45:21 -0500 Report

Are you counting all of the carbohydrates you eat every day? By cutting back on the carbs, your weight should drop and you should still be able to maintain, if not improve your BG and energy levels. I am a 5'3", moderately active older woman. I limit my carbs to 120 total carb grams per day. I have been able to maintain my weight between 117 to 123 pounds. My last A1c was 6.8. I've been using an insulin pump since 2011. Everyone's needs are different. I would advise determining how many carbs you are currently eating per day, then cut back little by little until you achieve the results you seek. Wishing you well!

IronOre 2014-07-28 18:16:37 -0500 Report

You are right, but if you lower the amount of carbs that you take your insulin will need to be adjusted as well.
A couple short classes from a diabetes instructor is all it takes to understand this stuff.

gettin healthy
gettin healthy 2014-07-28 16:58:41 -0500 Report

Hi Type1Lou!
I do count my carbs for everything I eat because I have to program it into my pump to deliver my insulin. I had dropped my weight, as of December of last year, to 185 and am now back up to 195-205. It is making me crazy because number 1, my weight, I hate being big and called "obese" by the physicians in my notes. number 2 I wear scrubs and I cannot afford to buy any more and do not want to purchase any bigger sizes. My shorts I wore on my cruise the end of last October I cannot even get buttoned. It is sickening. ANYWHO! I will discuss with my doctor again. As I said in my initial post, I know exercise will help but between work, my college classes, and family it is hard. I come home. cook or clean, do school work, and go to bed to do it again the next day. Thanks again for your advise and post.

IronOre 2014-07-26 14:29:53 -0500 Report

It may simply be an insulin adjustment
Taking too much and keeping your readings too low can aid in weight gain

gettin healthy
gettin healthy 2014-07-28 17:01:51 -0500 Report

I have heard that IronOre. I am waiting to hear back from my doctor to change my dosage because I have been having lows quite often. Except today though, I have been staying between 120-150, which for me is good. LOL. however I have heard the more insulin you are on the more weight you put on. I am on a lot of insulin and I am beyond the boundaries that are typically set. We have to override usually when we reset insulin. I have dropped some insulin since January and more so since April when I had Farxgia added to my regimen (for resistance). I uploaded my pump Friday to my doctor and he is looking over them and I am just waiting for a call with changes. My last a1c on the 18th was at 5.9 but I had had a lot of lows to. Thanks for your post.

IronOre 2014-07-28 18:14:57 -0500 Report

As far as I am concerned 120-150 is just fine, but that's just me.
I have read on here about people who keep their readings in the 70-120 level. Heck just a little bit less than 70 and you have fallen off the cliff.
The thing about taking less insulin is that you will eat less and not even think much about it, and obviously eating less means less calories.

gettin healthy
gettin healthy 2014-07-29 17:54:23 -0500 Report

yeah I know. I am still waiting to hear from my endo about my adjustments of insulin. I emailed him again today. I don't know what is taking him so long getting back to me this time. He has not done anything with regards to adjusting in almost a month and a half now.

jayabee52 2014-07-26 14:18:18 -0500 Report

Howdy Gettin' Healthy

Another thought might be that to lose the lbs you may wish to instead take a look at what kinds of foods and how much you are eating.

What I have noticed about insulin users in general (I used to be one) is sometimes the user eats more than what one really needs, or the wrong things, and then boluses to bring one's BG (blood glucose) to a more acceptable level. Insulin does a great job of opening cells for glucose to enter,
But if there is excess glucose floating in your bloodstream and the insulin opens the fat cells and fills them with glucose for storage as fat. (It happens to people who are don't have diabetes as also, only it is their own insulin which opens the fat cells.)

I struggled with weight when I was on twice daily injections of NPH insulin (and actually prior to that). What I learned kinda by accident, that when I severely restrict my carbs, particularly the "simple" carbs like breads and other products made with grains, I lost 65 lbs over about 5 mo, and have kept it off for about 3 years now. I have a meal plan I have written up about my accidental discovery turned experiment. If interested all you need do is ask for it.

Praying you can lose the weight

James Baker

gettin healthy
gettin healthy 2014-07-28 17:05:38 -0500 Report

Hey Jayabee52. Anything would help at this point in time. I try to eat salads, we only buy boneless skinless chicken breast, which we either grill, bake, or make gravy (which is rare). My husband is diabetic also just not no where close to as bad as me, and he does not eat turkey except for thanksgiving and refuses to buy, because we really cannot afford it, and cook 2 different meals. Salads are expensive too because lettuce goes bad fast, etc. I will take whatever help I can get. INTERESTED!!!!!!! Thanks

jayabee52 2014-07-28 22:56:40 -0500 Report

You certainly may call me James. What I do is I eat low carb and high protein. I have been able to discontinue the NPH insulin I was injecting 2 x day. I have maintained normalized BG (blood glucose) levels and have followed my meal plan for 3 + yrs. A1c was 5.5, and I lost 65 lbs of weight within the first 5 mo. I was doing so well with the weight loss, I had to tweak my meal plan so as not to lose more weight.

I have that meal plan written up as a discussion and if you are interested all you need is indicate interest and I will share that meal plan with you.

God's best


gettin healthy
gettin healthy 2014-07-29 17:58:12 -0500 Report

Hi James!

I think I did show interest in the meal plan. At least I said INTERESTED! lol. Great A1c. In the 18 years I have been diabetic, I have just gotten mine below 7.6 since starting the pump Dec 27. BUT I do have highs, some severe, due to kinked cannulas for my insulin dispersion. and I have had extreme lows. Still waiting for my doctor to get back to me. I have emailed him again today and hoping he will adjust soon coz it has been about a month and a half since he has. I am going to have to get after him next month when I go in. LOL. anyways, yeah, I am interested in your meal plan if you wouldn't mind. God bless. Alice :)

gettin healthy
gettin healthy 2014-07-25 23:51:31 -0500 Report

Hi Kimfing
Actually I am eating a little less than before because I am trying to lose weight. I only eat more than normal once a month. It is hard to even attempt to go out and walk when I get home from work because I have school and cook and clean and get ready for work the next day. I am up and down consistently at work and I know that is not really "exercise" per se. I am always on the move at work because this doctor needs this and that doctor needs that, etc. I am just getting really frustrated because everyone around me is losing and I am gaining. My scrubs are tight again and I cannot afford to go buy more. It is like I told my Endo. I eat any less, I just asoon not eat. Thank you for responding to me and I will try to decrease even more calories. :)

kimfing 2014-07-26 08:40:02 -0500 Report

Interesting. U are eating at least three meals a day? If not, your body will store as ir thinks its not going to eat again. Before dx, i would only eat one meal a day, packed on the pounds. Once dx, i lost 20# first month 10# the next month and i was eating three meals a day. No doubt it was very low carb. But even today, i eat no more than 30 carbs per meal and i have maintained. I eat no white flour or enriched flour or white rice. All whole grains. Very little added sugar. Lots of lean protein.

Make sure u r getting at least 1000 good calories a day. Best to have 1200, that is what i have read and what my educator said

gettin healthy
gettin healthy 2014-07-26 12:55:35 -0500 Report

Yes, 3 meals a day and once in a while a little snack, as recommended. My physician said to try to eat 45 carbs per meal once in a while it is more and sometimes it is less. I eat ALOT of lean protein. I eat parboiled rice and multigrain bread. I am on a 1200 calorie a day diet, though once in a while, maybe once a month, we eat Chinese. It is not very often. I am wondering if my metabolism is out of whack. Who knows. Will continue what I am doing and if need be, try to find a diet supplement that will work. Thank you so much for your advice and help. Will pay closer attention to the carbs and calories but I usually count, at least my carbs, per meal. Thank you again :0)

kimfing 2014-07-25 22:36:01 -0500 Report

Are u eating more than before? I know that some people do since its easier to cover it. I started pump just about a month ago and i think i have actually lost more weight. I kept to my normal eating habits as with MDI. My job also requires a lot of physical activity outside in az heat.

Remember, less calories since u are less active. Try cutting back on calories and at least try to do some brisk walking daily

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