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Old 10-19-2012, 20:40   #1
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I am on Humalog and Lantus. I have gaind 50 pound in the last year. and all I get from my doctors is "It is hard for a diabetic to lose weight." After reading these forums, I decided to go on a low carb diet. I stopped my insulin and cut my carbs to under 20 per day. I have lost 21 pounds in three weeks. I check my BS 5 times per day and it runs between 110 and 190, usually about 145. Is there anything that I should watch out for. I feel great and am getting plenty to eat, just no carbs, I even thought about continuning my Latus (basal) insulin at a reduced rate. I have used bolus shots to get my BS down to under 140 when necessary. I have been a diabetic for 18 years and been on insulin for 10. I had not increased my food intake, so I do not know why I gained the weight. Also, I walk about 3 miles per day. I am 5' 7" and weighted 226 lbs. Any advice would be appreciated?

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You gained weight because with insulin the excess BG gets into your fat cells by reducing your carbs you reduce the insulin needed.

BG over 140 IS causing damage to your eyes and nerves. if insulin will help with your BG numbers, the choice is yours

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With exogenous insulin people tend to eat higher carbs because they can compensate with the dosage. That is the reason for the weight gain. Since you are now eating <20 gm a day you need lower amounts of insulin and you have seen the weight drop. Continue what you are doing with the least amount of insulin required to keep your BG in the healthy normal range and you will see the weight dropping. The rate of weight loss will slow down at some point, but do not give up the regimen.

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I am on Humalog and Lantus. I have gaind 50 pound in the last year. and all I get from my doctors is "It is hard for a diabetic to lose weight." After reading these forums, I decided to go on a low carb diet. I stopped my insulin and cut my carbs to under 20 per day. I have lost 21 pounds in three weeks. I check my BS 5 times per day and it runs between 110 and 190, usually about 145. Is there anything that I should watch out for. I feel great and am getting plenty to eat, just no carbs, I even thought about continuning my Latus (basal) insulin at a reduced rate. I have used bolus shots to get my BS down to under 140 when necessary. I have been a diabetic for 18 years and been on insulin for 10. I had not increased my food intake, so I do not know why I gained the weight. Also, I walk about 3 miles per day. I am 5' 7" and weighted 226 lbs. Any advice would be appreciated?
It is hard for a diabetic to lose weight, control blood glucose, avoid complications, minimize medication, extend life expectancy, etc, etc, following the advice given from current recommendations around living with diabetes. The majority of diabetics do trust and follow this bad advice from the ADA recommendations and being a majority, thus the results are used to define 'normal' for diabetics. They use these results to make you believe it's ok to be in this 'normal' range. .

Don't get me wrong, their advice is an improvement over doing nothing differently, a step in the right direction, but only a step. If you keep stepping in the right direction, looking for better ways, you run across a place like this, full of diabetics that were not satisfied being 'normal' diabetics, but looking toward a real normal. The advice you get here has no hidden agenda, no motive to profit, only to help you do the best you can do with the least amount of unnatural assistance. We know there is no cure, but there is no reason to stay in the current definition of 'normal' when we know we can do better than that.

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Thanks for the replies and encouragement.
Should I use a small Lantus dose (basal) every night to lower my BS or bolus Humalog before meals as needed?

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Thanks for the replies and encouragement.
Should I use a small Lantus dose (basal) every night to lower my BS or bolus Humalog before meals as needed?
It sounds like you need both Just my opinion

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Thanks for the replies and encouragement.
Should I use a small Lantus dose (basal) every night to lower my BS or bolus Humalog before meals as needed?
You need to check your fasting numbers in order to know whether you need basal insulin.

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You need to check your fasting numbers in order to know whether you need basal insulin.
Yes, my fasting BS is high in the mornings, so I will start with a small dose of basal insulin at night and work up until my morning BS is in range and then use a bolus shot to lower any noon or afternoon BS that are high. Thanks again for the advice.

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I am now taking my Lantus at bedtime (15 units) and Humalog during the day as needed. MY BG is now under 140. Usually, 110-130. I have lost another 10 pounds and am down 32 pounds to 194. Eating good low carb meals and enjoying what I eat. Need another 20-30 pounds, but not in any hurry. Thanks to all for the advice in this thread and the many other threads that I have read. This forum has saved my life or at least made it last longer.

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