Hi Friends on this weight loss journey!
After attempting to get Invokana through a clinical trial (and getting placebo instead), I have been able to start through my regular endocrinologist. I know it was hard for her to do off label, but I so appreciate the chance to try!
I’m on day 2. So far I’ve been able to reduce my basal by 40% and my boluses by 50% at each meal. My sugars have been stable (and in a great range). I have been on nearly half the insulin I was.
I lost 1.5lbs, surely it was all water. I’m trying to drink a lot to stay hydrated and avoid side effects. I’m also starting a probiotic tomorrow just to avoid potential infections associated with this drug.
I also attended a webinar recently on weight loss for insulin users. They didn’t go into the mechanisms of weight gain with insulin, but did say that cutting insulin down would help to lose weight. They had a suggestion of exercising right after eating and cutting the bolus down (letting the exercise utilize the glucose instead of the insulin). I’ve tried it a couple of times (before starting this new med) and was able to cut my meal bolus down by 50% or more.
Once I stabalize on this drug and confirm that my rates are good, I will try it again. Shoot, I might even be able to have a meal for 1/4 the insulin I did in the past! I don’t know if the effects of invokana will last or if my body will adjust and I’ll need more insulin again, but I sure am enjoying this “vacation” of heavy boluses and all the peaks and valleys that come with it.
I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes. My goal is to lose 15 pounds, I’m down 3 so far.