Using Insulin? Avoid Gaining Weight

​​A lot of people with diabetes delay going on insulin for as long as possible because they’ve heard horror stories about how much weight it can make them gain (or maybe they just don’t like shots or needles). Of course, people with type 1 don’t have a choice and have to use insulin to stay alive. Why is it then that using insulin usually causes weight gain, regardless of which type of diabetes you have? It's possible that you start gaining weight when your blood glucose is more tightly controlled with insulin because you stop peeing out as many calories (glucose appears in your urine when your blood glucose exceeds your urinary threshold, which is usually around 200 mg/dl or 11.1 mmol/l).

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