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Weight Loss for Insulin Users

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Dana Roseman, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDCES

Managing diabetes can create quite a dilemma for those trying to lose weight:  the more insulin you take, the tighter your blood sugar.  But insulin also contributes to weight gain.  So how is an insulin user to manage their blood sugar and their weight?  This course provides practical steps for achieving safe and effective weight loss without sacrificing glucose control.

Specific topics include:

  • Goal setting:  What’s ideal vs what’s REAL
  • The weight-gain side-effects of high and low blood sugar
  • Principles of caloric balance
  • Creating an insulin “point system”
  • Timing your exercise wisely
  • The power of daily activity
  • Smart carbs vs. foolish carbs
  • Meds to the rescue?
  • Reducing insulin safely 

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Placement Exam: Weight Loss for Insulin Users

1. Which of the following does not affect the body’s storage of fat?

A. The amount of insulin taken

B. What time food is eaten

C. One’s level of physical activity

D. Protein consumption

2. Which of the following can increase metabolic rate?

A. Very low fat intake

B. Very low carbohydrate intake

C. Muscle-building exercises

D. Stretching exercises

3. Which of the following medications reduces appetite?

A. Insulin

B. Sulfonylureas (glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride)

C. SGLT-2 inhibitors (Invokana, Jardiance, Farxiga)

D. GLP-1 receptor agonists (Victoza, Trulicity, Ozempic)

4. With weight loss, it is almost always necessary to:

A. Decrease basal but not bolus insulin

B. Decrease both basal and bolus insulin

C. Raise one’s target glucose level

D. Decrease one’s correction factor (sensitivity)

5. On a gram-for-gram basis, ALCOHOL:

A. Contains more calories than fat, carbohydrate, and protein

B. Contains more calories than fat, but less than carbohydrate and protein

C. Contains fewer calories than fat, but more than carbohydrate and protein

D. Contains the same calories as fat, carbohydrate, and protein

Answers: B, C, D, B, C

  • Answered 4 or 5 correctly?  Nice job, Professor!  Looks like you know your stuff.  Maybe you could teach a course on this subject! But there are always new things to learn.
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