True or False: Myths vs. Facts About Insulin

Allison Bush | Apr 3rd 2012 Oct 10th 2017

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True or False: Insulin can potentially make you gain weight.
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Many people find that they do put on a few pounds when they begin taking insulin. This is also true if they take oral medications that stimulate the pancreas to produce extra insulin. The reason for this is because when your blood sugar was too high, many of the calories you ate were flushed out of your system in your urine. But since insulin therapy turns those calories into energy for your body's cells, all those lost calories are now being absorbed - which leads to weight gain.

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  1. True or False: Insulin can potentially make you gain weight.

    Correct Answer: True

    Many people find that they do put on a few pounds when they begin taking insulin. This is also true if they take oral medications that stimulate the pancreas to produce extra insulin. The reason for this is because when your blood sugar was too high, many of the calories you ate were flushed out of your system in your urine. But since insulin therapy turns those calories into energy for your body's cells, all those lost calories are now being absorbed - which leads to weight gain.

  2. True or False: If you have to begin insulin therapy, it means your diabetes is getting worse.

    Correct Answer: False

    If your doctor tells you that you need insulin therapy in order to control your diabetes, that does not mean you are doing anything wrong or your condition is getting worse. Insulin is simply a tool to help you better manage your blood sugar level.

  3. True or False: Injecting insulin is painful

    Correct Answer: False

    Most new insulin users are pleasantly surprised when their first shot ends up hurting much less than they expected. It has become more comfortable to inject insulin because of the needles, which are smaller and thinner than ever.

  4. True or False: People with Type 2 diabetes do not physically produce insulin.

    Correct Answer: False

    People with type 2 diabetes may actually produce higher-than-normal levels of insulin earlier in the course of the disease, a condition known as hyperinsulinemia. This happens because type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, a condition in which the body loses the ability to respond normally to the hormone.

  5. True of False: Insulin is a last resort treatment.

    Correct Answer: False

    Although some people exhaust all possible diabetes treatments before resorting to insulin, this may not be the best strategy. Starting insulin sooner may avoid complications, cause oral medications to work better (and be effective longer), or allow you to use a less-complicated insulin regimen for a longer period of time.