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Re: [IP]Insulin bad for the body?



Depends entirely on what you eat and how much "extra" insulin you take.

Here's the deal.  Doctor's tend to prescribe x amount of insulin, and then
give you a diet of y amount of calories.  The x amount of insulin tends to
be quite a bit higher than many people need.  Thus the diabetic has to eat
more to keep from going hypoglycemic.  Especially if something changes in
their life, like they exercise, etc.

With the pump, the diabetic should be controlling how much insulin they are
getting -- they should be taking enough to control their blood sugar without
food, plus enough to cover any food they eat.  If they find they are gaining
weight, they need to increase exercise, or decrease the amount of calories
they are taking.  They should also adjust their insulin needs accordingly.

FYI:  I have met at least one person who uses the pump the way the doctor's
do shots.  Has never heard of carb counting etc.  ARGH!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 8:42 AM
Subject: Re: [IP]Insulin bad for the body?


> my daughter 3mo.diagnosed starts pumpimg next wednesday. is it true that
>  insulin therapy can actually make you gain weight? well if that true,
what
> about
> the pump? do you gain weight too?
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