new to insulin and gaining weight

By gabby1960 Latest Reply 2018-11-25 17:06:45 -0600
Started 2018-09-24 18:13:59 -0500

Looking for some insight. I was on non insulin (farxiga and victoza) I was losing weight but my blood sugars were still all over the place. My endo suggested that she didn't think I am making enough insulin for those drugs to work so she wanted me to go on insulin. currently I am using Novolog in the V-GO30 continuous insulin pump. Since starting it my blood sugars have come down significantly …I was averaging in the 200-225 range…now I'm down to 110 - 150 range…but my frustration comes from the fact that I am now gaining weight. I am eating the same low carb diet as before. It is so depressing. all the progress I made with the weight loss has been undone. I have gained 18 lbs in the last month. Has anyone else experienced this and how do I manage it? I also have had gastric bypass surgery back in 2006. I lost 100 lbs, but have had many complications from it including a major malabsorption issue where I don't absorb any medications as well as most, nor vitamins etc… I get more and more depressed. Can anyone help?

6 replies

dkellis 2018-11-22 17:44:59 -0600 Report

I was on Insulin and low does metformin and gain 20 to 30 Lbs. Doc. added Jardaince and Victoza and I lost 30Lbs. Now I am on Medicare and have to drop Jardaince and Victoza because of being tier 3 drugs. He put me now on Novolog mix 70/30. I am worried about gaining the weight back. Any suggestions?

suecsdy 2018-11-25 17:05:42 -0600 Report

What about Bydureon? My ins also made Victoza a non-option. My Dr and I decided on Bydureon, which IS approved by my ins and I was very happy with it.

Chopstix 2018-10-02 15:57:52 -0500 Report

Are you getting any kind of movement/exercise? How about natural products/foods like unfiltered apple cider, cinnamon, turmeric in your diet? Have you tried changing the time(s) when you eat? How is your food prepared? Hopefully other than fried. My wife and I may eat something fried at the most two times a month otherwise it's steamed, baked, broiled, stir-fry, grilled. I have never cared for the taste of salt so when I cook I use herbs and spices. We also don't like plain white bread but prefer whole grain to multi-grain breads. When you exercise can also affect you and congrats on getting your numbers down.

velvetaunt 2018-09-29 12:20:14 -0500 Report

Don't beat yourself up about the weight gain. My doctor told me yesterday that the weight gain is due to the insulin. I have gained also. I think the only way we can combat the weight gain is to walk, walk and walk.

Deficiency is a real problem gastric bypass surgery. I keep my levels tested from time to time to see how I am doing. This can also be the cause of your depression. Talk to your doctor about this issue. It is a know fact for bypass patients.

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