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Insulin injections for weight loss - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   What happens if a non-diabetic pt injects themselves with insulin to lose weight, I'm trying to talk her out of it but she is losing weight.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr xxxxx here
Doctor :   No benefits
Doctor :   Rather will result in hypoglcemia
Doctor :   and sudden weakness with unprecidented weight loss
Doctor :   Weight loss is rare
Doctor :   And you will land uo in metabolic disturbance which is not advisible
User :   She told me she had lost 20 pounds and really hadn't changed her eating or exercising habbits, how is this possible?
Doctor :   It possible but not an healthy weight loss it more of muscle wasting and loosing all essential fat reserves
Doctor :   And she might also trigger an hormonal imnbalnce and lead to becoming an diabetic patient
Doctor :   * imbalance
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :   Kinda, were you saying that it is possible to lose weight but mostly muscle mass and can end up causing diabetes?
Doctor :   Yes on the long run, Its sure not an healthy weight loss
User :   My friend swears by it and I worry what it is doing to her now.
Doctor :   Plz ask her to consult an dietician regarding weight loss programme rather then injecting insulin
User :   I did, she says this is just too easy
Doctor :   But not healthy has got a lot of side effects
User :   What side effects can I tell her that might scare her?
Doctor :   Muscle wasting
Doctor :   Insulin dependence
Doctor :   Renal toxicity
User :   Leading to renal failure?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   She only said she was going to finish the second month on it and get off, is that enough time to do permanent damage?
Doctor :   Then its fine but ask her avoid it ASAP
Doctor :   And shift to healthier methods of weight loss
User :   I will, I will pring out our conversation and give it to her. She won't listen to me but maybe she will listen to you.
Doctor :   Ya sure
User :   It's worth a shot
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   Thank you for listening
Doctor :   have a great day ahead
Doctor :   Take care
User :   You too
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