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.
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.
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