I’m sorry Insulin…

I have noticed I gained a few pounds since I started using insulin in January.  I would be the first to tell you that “Insulin caused me to gain weight.”  I swore up and down insulin was the cause of the 7lbs I gained from January to August.  I was completely wrong!! It was me the whole time.  

I am sorry for blaming Insulin for the few extra pounds I gained. I took advantage of the “Freedom”, I abused my Insulin use. I pretty much ate whatever I wanted and thought it was Insulin! Until, one day it hit me…lol the more carbs you eat the more weight you’ll gain (duh) which requires more insulin. It’s not Insulin, it’s me and the amount of carbs I eat.   It was a little different when I was taking oral medication. I was a lot more disciplined I ate low carb meals at all times and it showed on my A1C’s…gosh I long to get back to 5.6.  I didn’t have the option to bolus for meals with pills, in my head I knew I better not eat a high carb meal because there wasn’t away to bring my numbers down. Please forgive me for accusing Insulin of my wrong doing! I promise not to abuse the CARB freedom that Insulin allows you to have. The food is GREAT but the consequences in the end isn’t worth it. 



About Cherise

Diabetes (Type 1.5/LADA) has been living with me for about 4 years. I am using the Omnipod insulin delivery system and I love it. I am not going to say I don't have a bad pod every once in a while because it does happen. I am a wife, mother and I work full time. Thank you for stopping by please feel free to browse and leave a comment! View all posts by Cherise

2 responses to “I’m sorry Insulin…

  • Jeff Cohen

    I’ve been a type 2 diabetic for 15 years and have moved between pills, and insulin several times. I’m back on insulin for about 2 years now. There is a direct relationship between insulin and hunger.

    Healthy people without diabetes can also experience this. The trigger to this issue rests in the speed that food converts to sugar in your blood. A typical example of this is when you hear healthy people say they are hungry a couple of hours after being stuffed with chinese food. I often wondered how this could happen.

    Finally I figured it out, Chinese Food Syndrome. Eating rice and noodles that are high glycemic foods cause blood sugar to spike. Your body rushes to your defense and overproduces insulin. Insulin brings your sugar down, however is directly responsible for making you hungry.

    As an insulin user I can tell you that I experimented in the beginning thinking that I could eat ANYTHING I wanted if I just used enough insulin. Try taking 70 units of insulin a day and you’ll see significant weight gain.

    Insulin is the miracle cure founded in the 1920’s but like anything else, too much of a good thing turns out to be a problem. Even with insulin. I’ve written a few blog postings on my website http://www.granolagourmet.com hope you find value with them.

    • Cherise

      I never thought of the Chinese Food Syndrome! It makes a lot of sense! I will make sure to stop by your blog.
      I am glad I realized you can’t eat whatever you want just because your using insulin

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