Ok, I’m officially frustrated. I started taking Symlin on 5/18. My main purpose in taking it is that I’ve gained 10 pounds despite not overeating, and want to at least stop the gain, and hopefully lose the 10 pounds. It took quite awhile to figure out how to change my insulin dosing since we are all different and there isn’t a lot of info out there. But I did it. I have changed my I:C ratios on my pump now and for breakfast and lunch I’m taking 50% of the insulin I used to take and for dinner around 60%. Sometimes I need a bit more. I’m in target range at the 4 hour mark (my new testing time) more often than not. I take the Symlin 20 minutes before eating and it really makes me full and I am consistently eating a significantly reduced amount.
So…less insulin…less food…and I haven’t lost a pound!! I go back and forth up and down the same three pounds (normal fluctuation). I’m no longer gaining at least. But why haven’t I lost any?
Possible reasons: It takes longer to start to have weight loss effect. (especially in middle aged people who don’t lose weight easily). I also read somewhere that “people who need to lose weight lose it and people who don’t, don’t”. Hmmm. I was at the low edge of the healthy weight range for my height, and now I would say I’m at the high edge, so I’m not technically overweight. But that doesn’t make any sense to me!
Have others of you lost weight? Failed to do so despite successful dosing with Symlin? Any clues? (Before anyone suggests it, I do take thyroid replacement meds and just got my thyroid tested and it’s in range).