Does Levemir Cause Weight Gain?

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   Posted 12/19/2006 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Does Levemir cause weight gain? I was discussing this option with my medical provider. But taking it concerns me as I am afraid it would make me put on some serious weight.
I'd like to hear from others on this insulin and if they are having problems that way or not.

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   Posted 12/19/2006 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jennifer,

Well actually its the opposite.  There is substantial clinical evidence that there is less chance of weight gain with Levemir than with other insulins. 

However, Most patients with type 2 diabetes gain weight when treated with insulin. We see this when insulin is introduced after your orals have failed, but also when the doctor puts you on insulin shortly after an initial diagnosis of diabetes.

Also, many people see weight gain at the beginning of treatment with sulfonylureas (glucotrol, amaryl, etc), even though people usually gain less weight with sulfonyulreas than with insulin.  The reasons of the excess of weight gain with insulin as compared with sulfonylureas is still a mystery.

People with type 2 diabetes treated with insulin gain weight only during the first 2-3 years after insulin introduction. The weight stabilizes thereafter. However, Type 2 diabetes usually remains unknown for years before diagnosis and patients may lose weight during this long period of time before being diagnosed. Many experts think that the weight gain observed after the introduction of insulin may simply correspond to the more complete metabolization of sugars.

scool  Warren 

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   Posted 12/20/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jennifer,

I've been on Levemir for 6+ months now and have managed to maintain my weight of 110. I switched from Lantus only because I didn't like using vial and syringe (I like the pen injectors).

If you're gonna be on insulin, Lantus or Levemir are the two most reccommended. Levemir works better when injected twice a day vs. Lantus only once. But, if your goal (as it should be) is to get and keep your blood sugars as much in the normal range as possible, insulin is the best way to do that (providing, of course, that your oral meds are not sufficient any longer or that you're a Type1 and actually need insulin :-)

Good luck!
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

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