How to reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Here is a presentation by Dr Jason Fung, a well known expert in Intermittent fasting to resolve life style issues like obesity and diabetes. More video presentations by Dr Jasons are available on youtube.
Thanks Praveen55 for sharing this video. This is really great messages bases on clinical trials that show outcomes of different treatments to control BSL. I personally agree that long-term using medications or/insulin especially those who eat whatever they want or being inactive as they believe the drugs/insulin will fix their high blood sugar problem, will face unpleasant complications. This could happen to both T1 and T2 diabetics.
Making lifestyle changes by eating low carb diet, practising IF and exercising regularly is much worth trying. Hopefully this would pay off one day to reverse T2 conditions. What we do know is that this natural pathway has helped many diabetics maintaining BSL in healthy ranges or even come off their medications. So please be patient to making lifestyle changes and work harder for a sake of our own health.
Praveen55, Thanks for sharing this video.
Has any one tried intermittent fasting practically in this group and noticed its effect on lowering the blood sugar? I would like to try this approach. Please provide your suggestions. Thanks
I have been fasting for almost two years and my BSL is in good control. Having said this it doesn't mean IF alone will lower sugar levels because eating too many carbs will always spike BS. Living with T2 requires the right diet especially low carbs with good natural fats and regular exercises. I believe these natural measures improve insulin sensitivity and hopefully reverse T2. For those who takes medication or insulin also require to maintain healthy lifestyle to enhance the effectiveness of treatment. There are many articles about benefits of IF online, you can read one of them here.
Yes, fasting works. You can be on only salads / one fruit per day (like Apple, Pomegranate, Papaya) and it will work to reduce your sugar levels. Its mainly boils down to have no carbs and good exercise.
As per my experience, weight loss results in lowering sugar levels to great extent. I started with Hb1AC of 9.8 with weight of 78 Kg (for person with height of 5.7, this is definitely higher). Within 3 months, my Hb1AC was 6.2 with weight at 70. So, key is to reduce weight and fasting definitely helps.
Every person needs some carbs. to keep the brain and the rest of the body functioning the correct way. If a person doesn't eat any carbs., then they may have severe lows or worse. No one wants that to happen to anyone.
Intermittent fasting is a meaningless proposal for a non-obese Diabetic and worse still will promote insulin resistance in the long run. It can potentially harm those on insulin or oral pills. The claim of reversing Diabetes is false.
There are some people in this group who have used IF along with LCHF diet. I will suggest you should read more about IF before you decide to use it. It is better to assess its suitability on case by case basis. It is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
According to my understanding IF helps to lose weight and keep it off and people who benefit most are overweight/obese who are not able to lose weight /or have reached a plateau on LCHF diet alone. In the process one loses fat around the organs like liver and pancreas which help to improve insulin sensitivity. This in turn lowers the blood sugar levels. This has also been demonstrated with starvation diet for a short period of time by a research group led by Prof. Taylor in the UK. Whether it is starvation diet or IF, both keep the insulin at low levels so that body fat can be used for energy.
If one is of healthy weight or slightly overweight, LCHF diet alone may be enough to resolve high blood sugar issues.
The easiest and most popular IF protocol is 16/8 where one remains in fasted state for 16 hours and there is eating window of 8 hours. This can be implemented by skipping breakfast, for example. To start with one can practice this once in a week and with time it can progress further.
Those on diabetes medication/insulin need to be more vigilant to avoid Hypo episodes. This is true for any approach which can lower blood sugar. Medicine/insulin dose has to be reduced accordingly. That is why it is suggested that people who may be at risk of Hypo should do IF or any fasting protocol under medical supervision.
On a lighter note-
“ He who eats until he is sick must fast until he is well.” – English proverb
“The light of the world will illuminate within you when you fast and purify yourself.” – Mahatma Gandhi
That sounds really fantastic, Praveen55. Any person who wants to go on any diet should consult their doctor, first to make sure it's going to be safe for them to start that certain type of diet.
Very good comment and advice Praveen55 on IF especially for diabetics who are on medications/insulin. I agree that IF will enormously benefits overweight diabetics (also non-diabetics) because it helps them lose weight quickly. I am on 16:8 pretty much everyday by skipping BF and I am always in a healthy weight. As a drug-free diabetic I never have issues with BSL while fasting even I sometimes fast 18 -20 hours. I think it's quite convenient if you aren't a breakfast person like me and I do have more time for something else such as making lunch boxes for my kids, doing yoga/ going for a walk or watching morning News on TV. Eating two good quality & quantity (LCHF) meals works well for me.
Thanks Luckysugar for sharing your dietary routine. Eating three main meals a day and three or more snacks in between is a recent phenomenon in human history and has been promoted for commercial gains and not for good health. We are introduced to such highly processed food items that do not provide satiety so that we can consume more and more.
You are exactly right Praveen55, nowadays people tend to eat too much than what their body actually need especially cheap and highly processed foods and beverages. Eating the right food, right portion and right time is essential for diabetics.
I have one question if someone can answer. What's more important - a1c or s insulin levels? This i'm asking because my a1c is still 6.84 but s insulin levels - fbs 3.31 & 2 hr pp 10.21.
Both A1c and s insulin levels are important.
Low < 3uIU/mL
Optimal 3 - 8 uIU/mL
High > 8 uIU/mL
As such your number 3.3 is in optimal range but on the lower side. Combination of low s insulin and high A1c is not good.
1. Low s insulin and high A1c can be caused by loss of beta cells due to LADA
2. Low insulin can also be caused by consuming insufficient calories
3. Overexercise without adequate recovery time is also a possibility.
4. Going for extremely low carb diet without being IR can also give low insulin.
How is your HOMA - IR? It may be a good idea to go for further tests to rule out LADA.
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