Intermittent Fasting (reposted from Aug 2016)

In searching for the solution to Insulin Resistance I ran across the concept of the Intermittent Fast. The guy who’s most prominent in this is Dr. Jason Fung. Here’s Dr Fung’s YouTube channel.

He’s got quite a few videos. One of the better ones is about an half hour long.

The points in the video are:

  1. T2D is reversible – it doesn’t have to be chronic and progressive.
  2. There are examples of people who have stopped being diabetic (via diet, weight loss, etc).
  3. Drugs only treat the symptom not the disease.
  4. T2D is a disease of too much Insulin Resistance.
  5. Treatments are targeted at blood sugar not Insulin Resistance (Metformin being an exception albeit temporary in effect).
  6. The blood sugar isn’t the problem, it is the insulin levels that are the problem.
  7. In 10 years, you are at 100 units of insulin (that’s me).
  8. Never actually treated insulin resistance.
  9. Patients who reversed their disease did so by fixing their insulin resistance.
  10. Giving insulin to a T2D is like giving alcohol to an alcoholic.
  11. Scenario: start insulin, gain 15-20 lbs. Complain to MD who says “go exercise”. It was the insulin which caused the weight gain.
  12. Disease of too much sugar. Cut out the sugar/refined carbs. Stop taking sugar.
  13. Fasting is the most effective way to lower insulin.
  14. LC will lower sugar but not necessarily insulin. Sugar will drop but not necessarily insulin.
  15. Fasting – body will start burning sugar. After that body will start burning fat.
  16. People fast around the world through their entire lives – most major religions.
  17. Insulin levels drop during a fast.  Burn off sugar from your system. Does both at once.
  18. Fasting is not harmful. You don’t enter starvation mode. The metabolism increases during the fast.

Great video. Next post I take a look at my own person experience at this.

 

TED Talks on Diabetes/Diet (republished from 2016-08-09)

Want to spend a very confusing day? Watch a bunch of TED talks on the T2D subject by different speakers.

Here’s a sampling:

  1. Vegetarian guy who says meat is the problem with everything that ails us. His buddy the vegan weightlifter. Another vegetarian guy. They tell me I am not getting enough starch. They have not got the slightest clue about insulin resistance. My conclusion is they own stock in casket manufacturers.
  2. Paleolithic diet critic who is an archaeologist who points out the holes in the Paleo diet. Seems like the truth is we no longer have the ancient grasses food nor range fed animals so we are pretty much screwed either way.
  3. Food pyramid critics who say all those carbs aren’t all that good for us. (All of them fall into this category).
  4. Fat has been good for us all the way along woman. She is right. The belief that fat makes us fat is flawed and disproven.
  5. Guy who says everything we can possibly eat is poison.
  6. Sugar is the problem guy.
  7. Throw out the food pyramid woman. Fits in with Low Carb advocates.

They all have some unique insights. They all have some overlapping points.

The last one is the best (IMO) of all of the talks.

Her key points are:

  1. Carbs are making us sick.
  2. We don’t need carbs.
  3. Cutting carbs helps T2Ds by lowering their insulin.
  4. 40%+ of heart attacks are caused by insulin resistance.
  5. Lowering carbs lowers insulin requirements.
  6. Diabetes is reversible via low carb diet.
  7. Protein and carbohydrates all create glucose.
  8. Fat is what remains and it is good.

Practically this means eating food from the outside ring of the supermarket. Nothing out of the middle rows. No pasta, no cereal, nothing made of wheat, none of the processed foods in the middle. Outside ring is vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs. Maybe 15% of the stuff in the store.

 

Studies on Fasting

Studies on Fasting will be listed here.