Can I go on weight-loss pills? I've noticed I'm gaining weight. I am a type 1 diabetic and I'm on nova 30/70 mix. I take 2 shots a day — 12 units in the morning and 6 at supper time.
In general, a small amount of weight gain is normal when you start insulin, particularly if your blood glucose levels had been high prior to starting the insulin. If you are getting more than just a small amount of weight gain, it is more likely because your body is better utilizing the food that you are eating than because of the insulin. Most people with type 1 diabetes lose weight before they are diagnosed; once they start insulin they gain the weight back. This is a good thing. Let your doctor know about your weight concerns. Weight-loss pills are not recommended as a good way to lose weight, because they can have side effects and they just aren’t that effective (This is true whether you have diabetes or not.) A better option for you would be to see a nutritionist. The nutritionist will be able to help you identify the cause of the weight gain and help you develop a plan for it. So next time you see your doctor, make sure to ask about a nutritionist or diabetes educator near you.
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