Low Carb & Symlin


#21

I've only used it for 25g or more. Is there a particular reason you're using it when you are following such a low-carb diet?


#22

I use it for any meal that I eat. I find that when I put anything in my stomach there is a glucagon release that counteracts my insulin and causes a rise. So, even a pure protein meal creates a disproportionate BG rise. Symlin stops that, and also causes your liver to release less glucose for about an hour or more. I find that it helps me regardless of carb count, post meal.
I eat about 20-40 grams of carb a day.


#23

Appreciate this additional info. My MD suggested it as a wt. loss tool and to decrease the amount of insulin I use/day. I am a T1 for about 40yrs and have gained weight the entire time. I clearly over-insulinized to get good control…and paid the price. Hoping adding Symlin will help. Today - took it before lunch and BG stable for 2 hrs post-prandial. I took 25% less insulin/g CHO and ate a little more CHO than I normally would on pretty low CHO diet. Of course, it was the first dose (15mcg) - so not sure what will happen as I advance. Did get a new script for injectable glucagon - just in case. Have noticed, in past year or so, it takes longer for my BGs to come up when I am low - even using dextrose tablets.


#24

Thanks Nathan - for sharing your experience. I think I will be fine despite my low CHO intake. I am hoping for all the positive outcomes you have outlined! Would be great to be “normal.” Meaning, not feel hungry all the time and have decent BGs post meals.


#26

Hey guys!

Anybody still using Symlin? I’m just starting it - had to ask my endo about it. So glad there’s so much good info here!

T1 for 10 years now.