Like hypos last week , insulin is in the news. Considering that nothing is better at causing hypos than insulin is, they are connected in more ways than one. The big question with insulin in the news now is how come we have generic sulfonylureas and metformin, but no generic insulin? After all, insulin has been on the market since 1922, while the first sulf came out years later, in 1957. Glucophage, the first brand of metformin approved in the U.S., came out more recently yet, in 1995. The current (June-July 2007) issue of Diabetes Health covers the question in Linda von Wartburg’s three-page article, “Why does Insulin Cost more than Ever?” The magazine also has the whole article online . For even more detailed coverage, diabetes blogger Scott Strumello has a four-page article at “ Diabetes Thought .” The problem in a nutshell is that insulin is a biotech drug, sometimes known as a biologic or a biopharmaceutical. The Food and Drug Administration says that it lacks the express legal ...
Did you know that being mentally/physically stressed can have a huge impact on your blood sugars and your insulin sensitivity? I had a lot of trouble with my blood sugars during my junior year of college, and when I explained to my doctor how stressful everything had been (school life, personal life, work life) she explained to me how stress makes your body very insulin-resistant. So the insulin I was taking was literally less powerful than usual, which equals higher blood sugars. And this creates a very vicious cycle: You're really stressed out because (for example) your son just broke his collarbone in a lacrosse game, you're in the middle of settling a divorce with your husband and your 4-year-old daughter has the flu -- it's too much. So then you start eating junk food at night to cope and relax or you stop going to the gym because you don't have time...and then your blood sugars are high because you're eating junk food and not working out, so ...
How much weight can I lose by not taking my insulin and how long will it take?
By not taking insulin in order to lose weight means you will be practicing an eating disorder known as "diabulimia." You will lose weight, but you will also permanently damage your eyes, kidneys, fingers, toes, liver and overall circulatory system as a result of dangerously high blood sugars.
Essentially, you will be in an almost catatonic state, risking real death, in order to TEMPORARILY LOSE WEIGHT.
After you lose the weight through diabulimia you'll have two choices:
-start taking your insulin again and gain the weight back because your body will try to recover from all of the damage you just did to it.
-be hospitalized with serious DKA, or wind up in a coma, or die.
Diabulimia is not a joke.
Look at these articles:
Diabulimia to lose weight -My Story
Is Diabulmia really that bad for me?
Losing weight with diabetes
What am I supposed to eat?
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