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Old 02-28-2017, 02:12   #1
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can lantus cause weight gain?
i understand that insulin causes weight gain
and wondered if that included lantus

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When people first start taking insulin, they often gain a bit of weight because previously their bodies were not getting all the nutrition from their food. That's because of the high blood sugar. Once they are finally on insulin, stabilizing their blood sugar and getting all of the nutrition from their food, their weight adjusts to match.

Beyond that, too much insulin which can cause hypos which then causes either eating more to prevent hypos or eating to correct the hypo, yeah... eating more than you wanted to fix your blood sugar can cause weight gain.

The real question is are you gaining weight and would you like help looking over your meals and insulin to figure out if there are improvements that can be made?

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When people first start taking insulin, they often gain a bit of weight because previously their bodies were not getting all the nutrition from their food. That's because of the high blood sugar. Once they are finally on insulin, stabilizing their blood sugar and getting all of the nutrition from their food, their weight adjusts to match.

Beyond that, too much insulin which can cause hypos which then causes either eating more to prevent hypos or eating to correct the hypo, yeah... eating more than you wanted to fix your blood sugar can cause weight gain.

The real question is are you gaining weight and would you like help looking over your meals and insulin to figure out if there are improvements that can be made?
i gained 50 pounds since starting insulin
i blamed the carbs and the extra calories and the
huge amounts of insulin it took to support all that
so hoping that with the cutback in carbs and calories
and the rapid insulin the weight gain will stop
to treat hypos i try 1 cube of sugar at a time til i reach
72 then i stop

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Not sure if you have been reducing your basal insulin (Lantus) dose as you have moved to low-carb? For some people, eating low-carb consistently means that they need less basal insulin in addition to less meal-time insulin.

If you've kept your lantus the same and went low-carb, that could explain the hypos.

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Not sure if you have been reducing your basal insulin (Lantus) dose as you have moved to low-carb? For some people, eating low-carb consistently means that they need less basal insulin in addition to less meal-time insulin.

If you've kept your lantus the same and went low-carb, that could explain the hypos.
i havent reduced the lantus because i
was afraid my morning fasting would go
back up
and i thought it was a background insulin
that didnt affect meal numbers

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i havent reduced the lantus because i
was afraid my morning fasting would go
back up
and i thought it was a background insulin
that didnt affect meal numbers
Basal insulin isn't meant to cover your meals but the amount of insulin your body needs between meals is affected by what you eat. When you make big changes in your diet, re-doing your basal tests and figuring out how much you need is important.

Have you read "Think Like a Pancreas" or "Using Insulin" yet? They both explain how to do a basal test. Alternatively, you can go back to your doctor, and ask for your dose to be adjusted to prevent the hypos. Personally I prefer to do a real test instead of rely on their guess.

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i have both books
looks like i should dig them out
and read them again

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I started using Lantus over 5 years ago. I noticed no weight gain at all. I had problems controlling my blood sugar, and eventually was injecting 126u of Lantus every night, and still not getting good control of my BS.

Enter LCHF in May of 2015. My weight when I started was 320lbs. My A1c was 7.9. Started following LCHF on May 1, 2015! Six months later....weight 270lbs!
A1c 5.8!.............Nuff Said

Weight still the same today, BS over the last year ranging from 6.0 - 6.4. I have started targeting 50g of carbs per day down from 100g per day. I am starting to see improved BS and some weight loss starting again. I go to my doctor next week so let's see if my A1c is tracking down as I think it is....

Good luck, but from what I have seen, Lantus does not cause weight gain....Carbs do!

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I fully support Pctm trying out LCHF. I did LC, but not LCHF, but didn't have a lot of successful weight loss, although blood sugar improved. My doc isn't exactly supportive of LCHF due to some other health issues, but was fine with it. He recommended more testing at the times that I historically had lower BGs such as between lunch and dinner and during the night so that I can adjust insulin accordingly. So, keep that in mind Pctm - He gave me a 'schedule' for adjustment. Perhaps you could get something similar from doc or diabetes educator?

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