I know that it is common thread amongst us type 1 diabetics who pump and seem to gain weight yet our eating habits have not degraded and to some extent may have actually improved. I am not overweight by any means and my numbers are good. The 15-20 lbs I have put on since I have begun pumping has been a challenge to get rid of. In fact I just recently started looking at my insulin usage now compared to a year ago and what a surprise that was to say the least. My insulin usage is up big time yet I am not eating more at least when I look at the numbers. I think what I have been doing is bolusing more because my carb counts have been incorrect so the insulin shows up as usage but not part of my total carbs. Eating more means that my basal rate have slowly climbed upward to the point where it is a big mess.
What am I doing to correct this? I am watching everything I eat. I was bolusing around 18 units a day. I am now around 6-8 units a day. I am eating a lot more salad and I am cutting down on the carbs. I am also doing more temp basal rates so that I am not forced to eat when I exercise, which I think used to be a problem. Interestingly my morning BG was usually around 122 when I would wake up, today it was 75, signaling to me that I need to adjust my basal rates a bit which should further reduce my insulin usage. The reason why I am paying so much attention to my insulin usage is that I personally believe that the more insulin I take the more weight I am going to put on. This is not even counting in the extra calories from eating more food.
Has anyone else had success at shedding pump pounds? If so how did you do it? How quickly did you begin to see results?