Fast or Slow Insulin?

By JoleneAL Latest Reply 2014-10-09 00:50:58 -0500
Started 2014-10-08 08:56:41 -0500

Subheading: Weight gain.

I complained to my doctor the other day that no matter how hard I've tried, I can't lose weight in an amount to benefit anyway. In 14 weeks I lost a total of 4 pounds — and frankly that could be the doctor's scale for all I know.

He told me the slow insulin I take, Lantus 30 units am, is what is causing it.

So - should I ditch the slow acting and try and work with just the Novolog I have?

(My last AC1 was 6.4)

4 replies

camerashy 2014-10-09 00:50:58 -0500 Report

I'm on both. I use Levemir, which is another brand, and I use the fast-acting when I eat. I haven't been able to lose weight, either. At least until I was stressed to the gills, and then I only lost 10 pounds, and it's coming back. (sigh)

Type1Lou 2014-10-08 14:54:45 -0500 Report

You don't indicate what dietary or exercise steps you are taking/have taken to attempt to lose weight. The first step would be to determine how many carbohydrates you are currently eating per day, then cut back bit by bit on that current amount until you reach the desired weight level/BG control you want. It may result in your needing less insulin as well. Increased exercise also increases your sensitivity to insulin. The insulin is allowing your body to metabolize the food you eat and stores any excess as fat. The sad truth is also, as we age, we need less food to maintain our current body weight and metabolism (as if it weren't bad enough just getting old!)

JoleneAL 2014-10-08 09:56:17 -0500 Report

How do I delete this?

jayabee52 2014-10-08 15:39:04 -0500 Report

if you want to delete the whole discussion go to the "report" link just slightly below the main posting. Tell the popup screen that you are the original poster and ask that the whole discussion be taken down. They usually do so.

BTW Lou's response to you is spot on and very much like what I would have written,

God's best to you


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