Help! I Love My Pump, but I Hate the Weight I’ve Gained!

4285

Improved glucose control helps you metabolize food more efficiently. Prior to pump use, you may have lost glucose in the urine. If so, those were calories you did not have available to maintain a normal weight. Was your A1C higher before pump therapy? If your A1C has improved, then you are using the nutrients in your food and losing less of them.

If your eating habits are the same as before you started using a pump, you could be gaining weight. If your calorie intake exceeds your needs, or if you don’t exercise enough to burn the excess calories, weight gain is the result. Whatever calories aren’t needed or used will be stored as fat. The freedom afforded by the pump to eat what you choose and give the insulin needed with those foods will add up to weight gain unless you make some adjustments to your caloric intake, your exercise program or both.

How Can You Prevent Weight Gain if You’re on the Pump?

 

  • Cut out between-meal snacks.
  • Check your basal rates. If too high, you could still be hungry, and you will likely eat more snacks. Snacks are not mandatory.
  • Count calories and carbohydrates.
  • Eat only when you are hungry.
  • Measure portion sizes. Do you really want that “supersized” serving?
  • Start and stick to an exercise routine.
  • Lower the basal rate when exercising.
  • Treat hypoglycemia with glucose, not high-calorie or empty-calorie foods.
  • Prevent hypoglycemia instead of feeding it.
Click here to view/write comments
Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.