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How does insulin usage lead to weight gain?

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Posted Sun, 23 Mar 2014 in Diabetes
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Insulin Detailed Answer: There are at least 4 postulated mechanisms to explain why insulin causes weight gain: 1 Insulin is an 'adipogenic' hormone ie it promotes creation of fat depots in the body. It prevents breakdown of fat stores. 2 Insulin by itself may cause some water retention by the body that contributes to weight gain 3 When a person's diabetes is poorly controlled, excess glucose from the blood leaks into the urine, and there is a net loss of calories that may well cause weight loss. When insulin in initiated, may a time there is improved glucose control and less glucose leaks into the urine. The previous calories lost are now retained and weight gain follows 4 Insulin may cause low glucose reactions. The body in defense reacts by eating, sometimes preemptively. This behavior has also been implicated in insulin related weight gain
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Follow-up: How does insulin usage lead to weight gain? 42 minutes later
ty for your excellent answer what is the maximum amt of humalog insulin to be injected at one taking 16 units and need to increase 20 units...according to my bs is this too much?
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 7 hours later
Brief Answer: Follow up Detailed Answer: There is no upper limit to the amount of insulin , regardless of the type, that can be taken, It is individualized based upon blood glucose responses.
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