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Irish123

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Is it impossible to lose weight when taking insulin ever?

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Is it impossible to lose weight when taking insulin ever?


I've been told by doctors that it's "impossible" or very difficult. I'm currently on a basal insulin and I'm losing weight. It's slow but I'm losing. I'm down 10 pounds since around June. I'm currently fluctuating between 90 and 95 pounds lost but I've done that over 6 or 7 years and I've only been on insulin less than one year. I think that if one does not use insulin to "cover" carbs in order to eat more carbs then it's possible.

Having said that, I want my insulin as low as possible because I do think it makes weight loss more difficult. My endo agrees. It was an emergency room doctor who told me it weight loss on insulin was "impossible."

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I have been on insulin for three months and I have lost 8 pounds and I am still losing. I limit my carbs so I require very little insulin. I still need to lose 25 pounds so it is not a problem.
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Is it impossible to lose weight when taking insulin ever?


Not impossible. Just difficult.

You cut carbs to minimize insulin and bump up the exercise a little.

But everyone is different

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I've been on Lantus only since March 24th of this year. I've lost 48 1/2 pounds. If I up the Lantus/insulin then I find myself having to push the appetite down harder; that's the only thing I see where insulin hinders weight loss. It's all a mind-set, anyway.
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I've been on an insulin pump for 5 years and I have lost about 45 pounds in that time.

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I am losing on insulin. Slowly at first when was eating as ADA recommended carb wise. Much faster on Atkins induction. But the carb count is for me between 15-20 a day, sometimes up to 40, not often.
There does seem to be correlation between lee insulin and more weight loss.
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I am on Lantus insulin and have lost weight...too much weight. I am trying to gain weight back but it has been difficult. I am also on Metformin..which suppresses my appetite. Between going on a low carbohydrate diet, the Metformin and increased exercise I dropped from an ideal weight of 155 pounds down to a skinny 133 on a 5 foot 8 inch frame. So, yes it is very possible to lose weight on insulin. Still struggling to gain some weight....and my clothing does fit.
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Of course you can. Your body will respond to changes in diet and exercise just the same as without insulin. Its just hard to resist the increased appetite.

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I am going to say yes. If one exercise control and not abuse it to cover excess food intake, then you are good.

Also, once a person achieve good control with insulin, the body will change and the food intake requirement will also change as your body use it more efficiently. Hence, one may have to reduce food intake to match their needs. Otherwise, eating the same amount of food as before will lead to weight gain. Simple math. :)

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i am not gonna say it's easy....it's HARD ! i've gotten some help from my dr in the form of an injectable hormone called symlin...i call it the gastric bypass in pen form...i was down to like 160 pounds (which for me, was good...28 year type1, 4 shots/day diabetic) and my sugars started getting bad, and my doctors responded with more insulin, which meant i had to eat more, which required more insulin, and on, and on, until i was up 92 pounds!:( yes, my sugars did stabilize, but the depression inherent in gaining that much weight in like 6 months was overwhelming! i told my dr i was happy with my aic, but horrified with my weight, and he suggested i try the symlin...since february, i've lost 57 pounds. :) now, i know it doesn't work that way for everyone, but it did for me & the best part is i've been able to cut waaay back on my insulin for the most part, which means i have been able to balance the food eaten vs. energy expended part. i don't know if it would work for type 2, but if you take insulin, i'd suggest you look into it...my doctor said it could eventually get me to the point where i could cut out another of my shots altogether...that would make 2 instead (of insulin alone)....good luck!




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