Hi. I was put on symlin recently myself for weight loss and stabilizing post prandial bg values. 6 weeks ago to be exact. I have had t1 for 27 years. I have an omnipod and a dexcom cgm.
My endo is always fine with my hga1c results, but I always hated feeling like I needed a nap afer eating. And I have struggled with my weight ever since being put on insulin at age 11. So this seemed like a good thing to try.
I tried it about 5 years ago with not very good results. I was not on a cgm then, and am not able to feel lows well. So I had a few bad lows and it scared me so I stopped taking it.
Anyway, I'm back on it and have had great results so far. I read several blogs with user ideas and tips. Here are a few that worked for me:
- I take symlin no matter what I'm eating. Even if it's only two bites of food.
I also take symlin up to 5x per day if my eating happens to be spread out like that during a day.
I stop eating as soon as I start to feel that 'full' or 'sick' feeling coming. If I eat another bite, I feel like I will throw up. I did that once, and spent 15 minutes in the bathroom deciding if I should puke or not (I never did, but felt ill for many hours later too).
If my bs is lower than 100, I start eating a little bit of my food and wait about 10 mins before I take symlin.
If I'm going to take insulin (see next point below), I take it AFTER I finish eating. I can't tell you how helpful this little tidbit of advice was from another blogger on this site.
I don't always take insulin after eating. It all really depends on how much carb I've had and what I want my ending up bs to be. If I was a little low to begin with, and had a low-carb snack/meal, I don't take insulin at all. Your experience may vary, but this is what I have found works for me.
Overall my TDD went from 46.6 to 37.9 and I have lost 10 lbs.
How are you doing on it so far?