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Annie Oakley

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Annie Oakley

Hello All,

 

I am new to this site but not new to my Insulin resistance. Three years ago I was diagnosed with IR, went on 2500mg Metformin for a year. Felt better, lost 20 pounds and was doing alright. Switched doctors and he recommended me to start on an insulin shot, Victoza 1.2mg daily. Things improved more and the doctor said I would have to cease the shot while attempting to get pregnant or while pregnant due to it being known to cause birth defects. We were attempting to get pregnant starting this past October, SO I went off the shot gained 30 pounds with all of the symptoms of IR returning and I am still not pregnant. Doctor started me back onto 2500mg of Metformin 1 1/2 month ago. All the symptoms of IR went away but regardless if my low carb, low calorie, healthy protein diet, exercising daily for an hour and drinking so much water I feel like a fish, I have only lost two pounds so far nor am I able to become pregnant....

 

PLEASE if there are any suggestions, I would appreciate it!?!

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aiah23
Hello All,

 

I am new to this site but not new to my Insulin resistance. Three years ago I was diagnosed with IR, went on 2500mg Metformin for a year. Felt better, lost 20 pounds and was doing alright. Switched doctors and he recommended me to start on an insulin shot, Victoza 1.2mg daily. Things improved more and the doctor said I would have to cease the shot while attempting to get pregnant or while pregnant due to it being known to cause birth defects. We were attempting to get pregnant starting this past October, SO I went off the shot gained 30 pounds with all of the symptoms of IR returning and I am still not pregnant. Doctor started me back onto 2500mg of Metformin 1 1/2 month ago. All the symptoms of IR went away but regardless if my low carb, low calorie, healthy protein diet, exercising daily for an hour and drinking so much water I feel like a fish, I have only lost two pounds so far nor am I able to become pregnant....

 

PLEASE if there are any suggestions, I would appreciate it!?!

 

What 'shot' were you on? I've known women who have gotten pregnant and maintained full pregnancies on humalog, novolog, apidra, humulin R and N, levemir, and lantus. Was your doc a GP or an internal med doc? I don't trust a GP's opinions on getting pregnant. Depending on your age, also, if you've been trying for more than six months pregnant you can go to a fertility specialist to get tested and rule out any other obstacles you may not be currently aware of.

 

Fawn

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Annie Oakley

I was on Victoza and it is the only one of its type that has been FDA approved for IR. All these meds were prescribed by an endocrinologist. I am 33yrs old and have been to a maternal/fetal specialist that said to give it six months and then schedule to go on to the next step. Fertility specialist seems to be the next step. Any recommendations on how to lose the weight..It could also be causing some of the problem; I am 5'3" and 168lbs.

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jwags

You say you are doing low carb, how many carbs are you eating per meal? Also are you consuming enough fat. I found when I added coconut oil to each meal it really sped up my weight loss. I did very low carb (Bernstein for a few years). I just recently switched to a more organic diet called The Diet Solution Program. It allows more carbs but no processed food at all. She feels people can't lose weight because they don't eat enough calories , especially fat. It is a very healthy diet to be on when you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. I now eat about 15-25 carbs per meal where before I did about 10. I even eat bread, now but only sprouted grain bread. I have lost all the weight I need to on this diet and it has been great for my IR. My bgs have been fantatic , very close to 100 most of the day.

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bardowlatry

I don't know if this is something you've already considered or not, but male factors accounts for 30-40% of infertility, so your partner might go in for a semen analysis as a next step. (It's annoying how the male tests can be so much less invasive than what we have to go through.) I'm actually going to meet with a fertility specialist for the first time next week, so I definitely empathize with what you're going through.

 

Good luck!

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aiah23

It'd make sense to switch to insulin over Victoza. I agree that you're also going to want to get your partner analyzed (and a fertility specialist would recommend that anyway). As far as tips for losing weight, recommendations would be more toward low carb high fat and upping exercise (that is, of course depending on what you're already doing), so you'd need to provide more info for people to refine suggestions to you.

 

Fawn

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Annie Oakley

I do only eat one serving of processed carb a day, a piece of bread or a homemade banana nut muffin. Otherwise the only other carb I eat is vegetables or fruit throughout the rest of the day. I do eat hardly any Fat and I can say that in the past when I played with the Adkins diet I did lose weight a lot easier but thought that diet was just so hard on the body. The recommendation of Coconut Oil is a great thought and I will add that. I do work out for an hour a day, running three mile and muscle toning. Getting the hubby tested is a great idea, just to be on the safe side.

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ZoraP

I don't think Atkins or other very low carb diets actually are hard on the body, despite what people think. They can be hard to stick to because of the feeling of deprivation, but adding delicious and healthy fats into the diet does help a lot with that.

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