Living Healthy With Diabetes

12 Myths About Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes


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Insulin will make you gain weight

There’s some truth to this one. Some people with type 2 diabetes may gain weight after starting insulin therapy.

However, the insulin therapy itself does not induce weight gain. It’s because if a diabetes treatment is working, the body begins to process blood glucose more normally, and the result can be weight gain. (This is one reason unexplained weight loss can be an early symptom of diabetes.)

The good news is that this tends to level out as insulin therapy continues, and the weight gain may be transient, explains Dr. Crandall.

Next: People with type 2 don’t make insulin

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