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In the past when not on insulin I have lost alot of weight by following a high protein diet eg Atkins.

However in the book "Using insulin" which I finished reading last night, it says that high protein is bad as it causes insulin resistance and will counteract insulin you take.

I have gained three kgs in six weeks since starting insulin -no doubt because I had mysteriously lost 2 stone quickly, before it was found that my Type 2 diabetes had progressed so no insulin being produced anymore.

I want to lose that three kgs as I was perfect weight before I started insulin (after losing the excess two stone). I would like to try the high protein method again but I don't want to cause insulin resistance! What do you insulin-dependent diabetics find?

Also I have commenced one hour daily walks where previously only half hour walks. However the book "using Insulin" says that no fat will be burnt even with alot of exercise as the insulin will require food and will not burn fat. The BSL will just go low if you exercise alot and will await more food! My body agrees with this as the last four days before today, I did go low into a hypo on each long walk-not pleasant at all!

So today I had no bolus insulin before breakfast. Then I did my one hour walk and sure enough -no hypo this time. I HOPE I burnt fat! LOL

What do you guys think re these two issues - high protein diet vs taking insulin? Losing weight via exercise vs insulin?
 

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I dont know if insulin and protean make fat. But I do know that going on insulin WILL put weight on.

Cells need insulin to absorb blood sugars (both muscle and fat cells), so if you are insulin resistant your cells cant take in the sugar and people loose weight. Once on insulin weight is put on as the cells can get the sugar into them.

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Is it metformin that helps with insulin resistance? I know there are insulin-dependent diabetics who DO take metformin . . . could that be why? And metformin, for me at least, curbs my appetite too.
 

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Is it metformin that helps with insulin resistance? I know there are insulin-dependent diabetics who DO take metformin . . . could that be why? And metformin, for me at least, curbs my appetite too.
Metformin works to decrease insulin resistance and help the body to be able to move those pesky little molecules into the cells where they belong. There are a few different reasons why insulin causes weight gain. Probably, the most significant reason is that insulin reduces the removal of glucose through the urine. With uncontrolled diabetes, the body cannot use (or store) glucose properly, and glucose is lost through the urine. This means that you can consume more calories than you need, and your body cannot use it or store it as fat as well as normal. As soon as you correct the situation with insulin, all of a sudden, your body can access the glucose in the blood. Any excess glucose is not lost through the urine; it is stored as fat.
 
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