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Losing weight to fight diabetes

I am an insulin dependent diabetic.  I have been on insulin for the past 11 years.  I wear an insulin pump, and find that my control is much better than it used to be.  However, I have an issue with weight loss.  I can't seem to do it.  I have been on Simlin (prescribed by doctor), and other medications to help lose weight, but to no avail.  I have tried every diet known to man, including Weight Watchers (which was the most helpful), but I can't seem to stick with it and I gain it back.  I now weigh 345 pounds, and I'm 5'6" and 44 years old.  I am using a large amount of insulin each day, and am becoming insulin resistant.  What can I do to lose this weight?  I want to do it, but I can't see to make it happen.
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291531 tn?1193610693
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello,

Weight loss can be quite difficult for many people, and I am afraid that insulin itself promotes weight gain. Unfortunately in your situation it is unavoidable.

Other medications that have been approved for weight loss include Xenical and Meridia--have you tried those?

Be sure that your thyroid function is normal and optimized.

If you truly have tried everything, one last option is to discuss gastric bypass/banding with your doctor. This is a very serious operation and should not be undertaken without going through a thorough screening program within a reputable health system/hospital. It is a drastic step but may prove to be a viable one for you if truly all other options have been exhausted. Please discuss with your doctor.
Take care.
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