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Sat Oct 22 22:48:53 UTC 2011

I have been on Humalog for 8 years now, I eat about 30 to 40 carbs a meal , mostly 30. I can not seen to lose any weight, Do you think I should change
Asked By: martinm017  
Category: Insulin

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Hi, I am a female 52 years old, diabetic for 18 years, . I do wear an insulin pump for the past 8 years,.I believe that the longer you are a diabetic, the more insulin you need, So that is were my weight problem comes in? I only gain weight, don;t lose any , even after swimming everyday for 45 minutes and eat fruit for dessert. along with a low carbs meal, 30 to 45. I wanted to ask my endrocologist. if I should change my fast acting Insulin, I am currenlty on Humolog.
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2011-10-25 08:34:28.0

Dear Patti87477,

It is good that you are taking insulin to try to control your diabetes. The downside, though, is that studies show that insulin use can cause you to gain weight.

It sounds like you already have a pretty good lifestyle that includes exercise and lower carb intake. Are your blood sugars well controlled with the 30-40 units of Humalog that you take per meal? The less insulin you can get by with taking and still have the same control, the easier it is to lose weight. You may want to try eating foods that allow you to get by with less insulin and see if that helps. Try foods that are plant-based with lots of fiber (green veggies in particular), lean cheeses and dairy products, lean meats, nuts, etc.

You may also want to add in some resistance training to your exercise regimen to help build and retain muscle mass. Keep up the good work. Sheri
Accreditations: PhD, FACSM
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2011-10-29 22:55:50.0

Shen, I think you misinterpeted the post. I did not read this to understand that Patti was taking 30-40 UNITS of humalog, as I see it, Pattie is restricting her total carbs to 30-40 per meal in addition to using humalog. I just re-read the original post, I didn't see a number of units mentioned.
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