LOSING WEIGHT

NICETY
By NICETY Latest Reply 2012-01-07 21:11:31 -0600
Started 2010-09-11 15:40:26 -0500

I AM HAVING PROBLEM LOSING WEIGHT. IS IT MORE DIFFICULT TO
LOSE WEIGHT WHILE TAKING INSULIN?


14 replies

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-01-05 19:41:55 -0600 Report

Hi, NICETY: I've been taking insulin for 4 1/2 years now 4 times a day. I'm a type 2 diabetic. I could not take pills (doctor tried for 6 months nothing worked.). When I first started insulin I had gained about 20lbs. Now I fluxuate between 5 to 10 lbs. difference a year. Insulin for me was a life saver. In the begining you will gain weight, but give it time . Your body will compensate for your weight gain.

bizzach
bizzach 2010-09-14 03:21:45 -0500 Report

When i went on insulin i had a significant weight gain also, but after a hard struggle of watching those carbs very closely and moderate exercise (mainly walking and yoga, and pilates) ive lost 50 pounds. But at the same time my glucophage was also increased and i dont know if that could have anything to do with that too. Good luck at sticking to your work out routine after awhile it becomes second nature.

Armourer
Armourer 2010-09-13 19:24:33 -0500 Report

When I had to change from oral insulin to injection insulin I gained 20 pounds! I wasn't told to change my shot areas and just stayed to one area and that area has gotten more fat! My Doc said that insulin will make most people gain weight because it is a hormone. I'm now going to a gym four times a week working out an hour a day for the last two months and have lost 11 pounds, after gaining 18 on a 1000 calorie a day diet. Guess my system didn't get the hint at first, and it has taken 2 months before it got the hint I meant it (working out). Hang in there!

Richard157
Richard157 2010-09-12 10:12:50 -0500 Report

It is also harder for a type 1 to lose weight, while taking insulin. i had to reduce ny daily carb intake to 130g and increase my exercise. I was able to lose 34 pounds, and I am now only 8 pounds overweight. The weight loss and low carb intake resulted in my insulin dosage being reduced by 40%. The less insulin I use, the easier it is to maintain my weight.

Philippa
Philippa 2012-01-07 21:11:31 -0600 Report

Wow! Amazing and inspiring! I have heard about few type 1 diabetics being successful at losing weight. So the key is lower carbs eh? My difficulty is that as soon as I add exercise into the mix my blood sugar levels go wacky (usually my blood sugar drops down 5-8 hrs after exercising to the point of experiencing hypoglycemia) so I feel like the added calories making working out pointless! It's been very frustrating for me!

msann
msann 2010-09-11 22:51:21 -0500 Report

HEY NICETY,LORD YES, HARDER TAKING INSULIN, BUT AS GABBY SAYS, HAVE TO EXCERCISE MORE, IT WILL BE SLOW BUT WORK AT IT, HOPE YOU CAN HAVE SMALL SUCCESS LIKE ME, I USE TO WEIGH 345 NOW, 265 HARD WORK ,TAKE CARE!!!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-11 15:51:24 -0500 Report

It can be, but it should also give you more energy to exercise, so you can combat it that way.
The way my diabetes educator explained it is that the insulin allows your body to take in more of the glucose into your cells. Unless you use up that new energy, it gets stored as, you guessed it, fat. A lot of times our bodies are not used to having so much glucose available to our cells so adjustments will need to be made in the beginning.

joethecat
joethecat 2010-09-12 03:16:59 -0500 Report

I am exerciing and doing my best to eat better. It is just hard. It doesn't help that I manage a pizza shop!!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-12 07:09:31 -0500 Report

Opps, well yep. That would be a tough temptation to resist. I had been very good about avoiding pizza except for once in a while. I started working on a campaign and they would order pizza on Wednesdays. I started with just a single slice and it grew in to three as the weeks went on. I have to say no now. I gained weight. Not just from the pizza, but a combination of things. But pizza didn't help, even if it was veggie.

If you are working hard, then just be patient. The most important thing is your BG numbers. If those are on target, then just keep plugging.

Whomi?
Whomi? 2010-09-11 23:15:32 -0500 Report

Wow…I never knew that! I do need to get myself to the gym or start exercising in some way!

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