Does Tresiba cause weight gain?
- Yes, Tresiba, like most insulins, can cause weight gain.
- People with type 1 diabetes gained an average of 1.8kg after 52 weeks.
- People with type 2 diabetes gained an average of 3.0kg after 52 weeks.
Weight gain is a side effect of most insulins, including Tresiba, and is attributed to the way insulin works to allow cells to uptake excess sugar from the blood and convert it into a form of energy they can use or store it for future use as fat.
Research has shown that after 52 weeks of treatment with Tresiba, people type 1 diabetes gained an average of 1.8 kg and patients with type 2 diabetes gained an average of 3.0 kg.
Ways to minimize how much weight you gain with insulin include:
- Counting calories. Meals should consist of half non-starchy vegetables, one-quarter protein, and one-quarter starch. Trim portion sizes.
- Don’t skip meals.
- Be active every day.
- Ask your doctor about other diabetes medications that are appropriate for you and less likely to cause weight gain.
- Take your insulin as directed, do not adjust your dosage without your doctor’s permission.
There is also a small risk of Tresiba causing sodium and water retention, which causes edema and weight gain. This happened in 0.9% of patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and 3.0% of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus treated with Tresiba.
- Tresiba (insulin degludec) https://www.drugs.com/pro/tresiba.html
- Insulin and weight gain: Keep the pounds off. Nov 2017 Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/insulin-and-weight-gain/art-20047836
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