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Help with Insulin and Test

I am a type 2 diabetic, I am on humalog, lantis 18 units at night, metforman 1000mg. testosterone injections biwkly 1cc, and blood thinners. As far as blood thinners and testosterone that was from a product I used (superdrol) back in 2004, which caused the blood clots and production of testosterone to drop. I had 2 major blood clots one in leg and lungs and the other few years later was in my head which almost killed me.

I have since got the diabetes under control by cutting out almost all carbs except sweet potato’s. I went from 270 down to 246 but still carry about 25-30% bodyfat (stomach). Is there a way to use the humalog to get rid of this excess fat? I workout almost everyday I am doing the (Y3T by neil hill). I have been working out for almost 30 years now and have always wanted the six pack abs and that is my goal now.

I know the normal range for blood sugar is between 70-100 is that the fat burning range? I have search the internet trying to find out how insulin works but have not had much luck. I have read posts from guys on here using insulin to get big or lean that are not diabetics which I think is crazy.

My goal is to come off these meds. I have since had my doses lowered due to weight loss. But my goal again is to get lean but maintain my size

I have no clue, but wish you the best of luck. Hopefully someone smarter than me will be along shortly.

Insulin doesn’t make you lose weight. It is an anabolic hormone, meaning it promotes growth. Most cells in your body (eg, fat, muscle and liver cells) are relatively impervious to glucose in the absence of insulin; when insulin binds to insulin receptors on the surface of these cells, it sets off a series of intracellular events that result in glucose being pulled intracellularly. Insulin is like a key that unlocks cell membranes, thereby letting glucose enter. It moves glucose into muscle cells (where it is stored as glycogen) and into fat cells (where it is stored as triglycerides). In Type I diabetics, the pancreas does not make insulin, so these pts always require insulin injections. In Type II diabetics such as yourself, the pancreas still makes insulin, but the muscle/fat/liver cells have stopped responding to normal levels of it (ie, they display relative insulin insensitivity). People with Type II usually start off taking medicines that work by increasing insulin sensitivity (eg, metformin), but many end up needing exogenous insulin injections to overcome their relative insensitivity.

BBers exploit insulin’s potent anabolic effects by timing their ‘slin’ to coincide with their workouts, the idea being that the excess insulin will promote uptake of glucose in muscle cells at a time when the muscle cells are primed to receive it (post-workout, glycogen levels are relatively low, and insulin sensitivity relatively high). I would suggest you ask your doctor whether it would be appropriate and feasible to adjust the timing and dosage of your insulin (and metformin) in a similar manner. (If your doctor is a general internist or family-practice doc, s/he may not feel comfortable doing this, in which case you could ask for a referral to an endocrinologist.) Let me stress the importance of not not NOT doing this on your own, as you run this risk of putting yourself in a hypoglycemic coma and DYING if the dosing is off. Good luck, and let us know what your doc says.