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Diabetes – Intermittent Fasting Helps Diabetes Type 2 & Type 1? What You Must Know

September 4, 2019


Diabetes and intermittent fasting do
they go together is it a good idea or there’s some diabetics that shouldn’t do
it and are there some that definitely should well we need to understand that
there’s different types of fasting and there’s different types of diabetics so
today we’re going to talk about that and explore it so that you understand when
it could be appropriate so that you can help yourself and maybe guide some
others as well coming right up I’m doctor Ekberg I’m a holistic doctor
and a former Olympic decathlete and if you’d like to truly master health by
understanding how the body really works make sure that you subscribe and hit
that notification bell so that you don’t miss anything so diabetes is a disease
of blood sugar issues it’s a disease where blood sugar runs high and
untreated it runs so high that it spills over in the urine and it starts
destroying the kidneys and both high and low blood sugar can be very dangerous
what’s the difference between a type 1 and a type 2 diabetic well we will look
at blood sugar both type 2 and a type 1 are characterized by high blood sugar
that’s what they have in common the difference though is a type 2 diabetic
generally develops it gradually it’s an overload on the system it’s abusing the
carbohydrate tolerance machine over a period of decades 10 20 30 40 50 years
until finally it just says I can’t do it anymore and it has no ability to control
the blood sugar and the blood sugar goes high that’s a type 2 diabetic a type 1
diabetic is someone who rather suddenly loses the ability to make insulin at all
it’s a pancreas problem it’s a destruction of the pancreas and
typically it is an autoimmune process or an infection of some sort that takes out
the pancreas that the beta cells oftentimes very very quickly in a matter
of days or weeks the high blood sugar in type 1 diabetics it typically happens
very very fast a type 2 diabetic a lot of these people are undiagnosed because
if they don’t go check for it they may not know a type 1 diabetic will
typically always know very quickly because they get very very sick they no
matter how much they eat they can’t gain any weight they can’t use any
glucose because there is no insulin to help the glucose out of the blood and
into the cells so all the sugar is being pushed out through the kidneys and lost
in the urine so they doesn’t matter how much they eat is called the starvation
in the midst of plenty even though they both have high blood sugar the
development is quite different and type 2 diabetics may or may not know that
they have it’s type 1 diabetics typically know that they have it insulin
is very high in a type-2 diabetic because they have pushed the insulin
production over a long period of time but they can still make insulin their
pancreas is perfectly capable to make insulin even though in some cases they
the system their bodies their health can be in such poor shape that the type-2
turns into a type 1 that they can actually have pancreas destruction
because it’s just so worn out and weak that you can start getting autoimmune
attacks as a result of the pancreas not working and type 2 turns into type 1 but
for the most part type twos have a highly functioning pancreas they can
make lots and lots of insulin but the insulin still isn’t enough to control
the blood sugar in type once they have zero insulin that if that’s the criteria
that’s how they diagnose it they do a fasting insulin test and if there’s
below detectable levels then they’re diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic so they
have no insulin so in in that regard they are complete opposites for the
longest time they didn’t know this that when you look back in history hundreds
of thousands of years then what they talked about was type 1 diabetics those
were people that for some reason had their pancreas destroyed and type 2
diabetes was basically non-existent because it took a lot of sugar and a lot
of carbs and processed grains and abundance
food really to develop type 2 diabetes’ day we have probably 25 30 times more
people with type 2 diabetes than type 1 diabetes but both of them are on the
rise this one is growing steadily this one is growing exponentially if they’re
both growing then there’s probably something to do with lifestyle because
our genes don’t change that fast so we have everything to gain by learning how
to manage these the best when we look at insulin resistance a type-2 diabetic has
like we said very high insulin resistance because we have driven we
have created a very high insulin level for a long period of time and now the
cells become resistant and we’ve got lots of videos on those topics if you
want to check out the more detailed explanation on that a type one however
they can kind of be either/or in the beginning they are usually very insulin
sensitive because there was nothing wrong until their pancreas got destroyed
and then they had no insulin so now the body is screaming for insulin because
there isn’t any so they are super super insulin sensitive in the beginning and
then they discover that their type 1 diabetics and now they start injecting
insulin so now if they stay insulin sensitive or if they become insulin
resistant depends on how much carbs and how much sugar and how much processed
foods they eat so some people believe that oh just eat whatever you want and
just inject enough insulin to control the blood sugar and that’s sort of
unfortunately the the standard of care for type 1 diabetics a lot of times the
standard recommended diet for healthy people in this country is about 300
grams of carbohydrates and if we count in the the fruits and the dairy products
and the refined sugar even staying within the recommended guidelines you
can still eat a hundred and fifty grams of sugar per day
and eat the recommended food if you eat like that then then the low insulin
resistance will turn into significant insulin resistance so even if you type
one and you’re having to inject that insulin from the outside you can become
insulin resistant by following the diet that turned the type 2 diabetics into
type 2 diabetics that turned them insulin resistant so where does
intermittent fasting fit into this well it’s all about insulin so the foods that
stimulate the most insulins are sugar and refined carbs so the more of those
foods you eat the more insulin you stimulate so the whole idea with
low-carb and keto is to eat less of the foods that stimulate insulin so that you
can reverse insulin resistance and become insulin sensitive and help the
body burn off the fuel and find blood sugar balance again and if low-carb and
keto work then fasting is gonna work even better even faster because when
you’re fasting you’re not eating anything then your carb intake is zero
the low-carb the keto and the fasting they’re good tools to reduce the insulin
response so let’s look at a few scenarios here who might be a good
candidate or not so great candidate for for intermittent fasting and/or low carb
so if we take a type 2 diabetics who are not on any medication they’ve just
driven up their blood sugar but they haven’t gone to the point where they
haven’t started or accepted any medication yet these people are the
prime candidates for intermittent fasting if you want to do low carb or
keto first great but if you don’t want to just go straight for intermittent
fasting because it’s going to be the fastest most powerful way to start
bringing that insulin down and reversing this disease there very few drawbacks if
any so just learn more about the different
patterns try the different kinds the different timing and you see what works
for you and what what gets the results that you want if you are a type 2
diabetic and you’re taking metformin or some similar drug then you’re still
pretty safe you are a great candidate there is a risk for complications oh if
you all of a sudden take all the carbs out of your diet and you keep the same
level of medication it probably won’t happen super fast but there’s a chance
that that medication can drive your blood sugar too low too suddenly so you
want to monitor very very carefully monitor your glucose levels and watch it
very closely and probably it’s a good idea also to consult your doctor so that
he knows what you’re doing and you can talk about how much metformin to take
and so forth if your type 2 diabetic on metformin and/or insulin and you’re
actually on insulin then I would strongly recommend that you talk to your
medical doctor and you talk about how to dose this insulin because there are
concerns with hypoglycemia that’s basically what’s going to happen if you
are on a certain level of carbs and a certain level of insulin and then you
cut out all the carbs now you are over medicated and there’s a good chance that
you’re gonna push that blood sugar too low and develop hypoglycemia so some
people say oh well that’s the reason that you should never do intermittent
fasting as a diabetic but if the the insulin is only there to handle the
carbs that you’re eating then if you reduce the carbs why not just reduce the
insulin the only trick is that you have to be careful and match it and monitor
it very carefully if you are a type 1 diabetic that means you are on insulin
and you are insulin sensitive meaning that it’s well managed that you’re
probably not eating a ton of carbohydrate the
and there’s not too much reason for you to change anything depending though on
how much insulin are you taking because it can still be beneficial to reduce the
insulin and we’ll talk more about that so this would be the only candidate out
of these who really wouldn’t be a great or an obvious candidate for for
intermittent fasting but if you’re type 1 diabetic who has eaten lots of carbs
and your insulin dose has been going up over time then you would still be a
great candidate for intermittent fasting if you want to start slower and just go
to low carb and keto gradually then it would be much easier for you to figure
out to gradually change your medication but realize that soon as you cut back on
your carbs you are over medicated you have to change both of them and match
them together you have to change the food the carb intake and the insulin
dose at the same time but look here at why you would want to do that because
both blood sugar and insulin are very destructive they’re both very damaging a
lot of the complications of insulin resistance and diabetes such as
blindness and kidney failure and cardiovascular disease and obesity they
have to do both with glucose with blood sugar and insulin resistance so if you
can reduce the amount of insulin it takes to get the job done then you’re
that much better off so if you’re eating the recommended 300 grams of carbs and
you’re taking the corresponding amount of insulin but then you figure out a
diet that works for you where you can eat a hundred grams then you should be
able to get by on a third of the insulin you can get down to cut it down by 2/3
and probably you could cut it down even more
because if you do any form of exercise if you go walking once in a while then
you need even less insulin the the muscles become much more sensitive to to
the insulin when that when you’re when you’re exercising and if you went from
300 down to sixty grams now you could get by on one fifth on 20% of the
original insulin if you get down to thirty grams you could get by on one
tenth so it’s not just the cost savings but it’s a health savings primarily so
most of the complications for both type 2 and type 1 diabetics is because they
really mismanaged they are not doing what they need to bring the insulin down
and the goal is to get the job done with the least amount of insulin you’re
eating certain amount of calories you’re eating a certain amount of food to fuel
your body and to rebuild your body and you need to take some as a type-1 you
need to take some insulin to move that food from the bloodstream into the cells
but the less insulin you can take to get the job done the better off you are and
a lot of this has to do the reason a lot of this becomes difficult is because of
blood sugar swings and the more sugar and the more carbs you eat the more
blood sugar swings you’re gonna have the best blood sugar levels you’re gonna get
when you’re fat adapted when you’re in ketosis because now you have very very
few blood sugar swings your body has learned to depend on fat and ketones for
fuel so because you depend less on glucose not only do you need less
insulin but you’re going to have much less swings so that’s going to make it
much easier in the long run to to dose and reduce that insulin so the overall
goals that you want to think about is you want to lower your a1c and you want
to lower your insulin resistance so for the type
to diabetic it means get off the insulin and then as long as your pancreas is
working you want to have it make less insulin so that again means low carb
diet maybe intermittent fasting and for the type one diabetic that means you’re
still going to be taking insulin for the rest of your life probably but if you
can inject less then you’re going to be that much healthier so there are a lot
of people diabetics and non diabetics who can benefit from low carb and
intermittent fasting that can make their bodies more insulin sensitive so learn
as much as you can watch my other videos on the topic and see how it could work
for you learn enough that you can do it safely and then consult with your doctor
so that you can get some good guidance in monitoring and measuring and
regulating if you’re on some medication please leave your comments below if you
have any questions I’d love to see those and if you have any good stories or any
experiences that’d be great as well if you’re new to the channel make sure that
you subscribe and hit that notification bell so that you don’t miss anything and
please share this video because insulin resistance and diabetes is the
fastest-growing epidemic of our time and if we don’t get it under control it’s
going to be even more of a disaster than it already is
thanks for watching

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72 Comments

  • Reply Magdalena Koh June 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Hi dr ekberg.. thank you for sharing and teaching us such valuable information.. Do look forward always to your vids

  • Reply yahwehsonren June 14, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Hustle Harder Mommy June 14, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    My husband and I both had our blood sugar stabilized very quickly with intermittent fasting. My husband has cut his meds and insulin by over half.

  • Reply Gail Brown June 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I check my BS often and have never ran low unless I forgot to eat. I always told my children “if I die from diabetes, it will be from low blood sugars from to much insulin. “

  • Reply Dr. Sten Ekberg June 14, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Learn more about intermittent fasting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jetiN8xAKiQ&list=PLpTTF6wMDLR7QI0xuJg788Yinj_0j7hJ0

  • Reply Laura Croft June 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    CAN YOU DO A WHAT I EAT IN A DAY W/ DIFFERENT EXAMPLES OF FOOD PLEASE!!!!!!!! 😊

  • Reply Teal Elliott June 14, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    I've been type 1 for 35 years. When I have fasted for 36 hours or so, my liver starts making glucose like crazy and my bg goes into the stratosphere. It might be good for you to clarify that intermittent fasting may be okay but an extended fast is not okay for a type 1 diabetic. Thanks.

  • Reply mousa khalil June 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Genius.

  • Reply Mora Young June 14, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    What is intermittent fasting? How may hours between meals? I am trying to lose weight? Some how l can not, l hardly eat sometimes. I have given up rice, potatoes, bread, milk a long t8me ago.

  • Reply Julie Wood June 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Dr Ekberg, what is considered too low (glucose) for a diabetic? Thank you for your channel.

  • Reply Ty Speaks June 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Very interesting !! I I like how you said when it is most appropriate!! Not all things work for everyone.!! Thank you for the information doc

  • Reply Nikolas Kotis June 14, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Intermittent fasting has helped me to lower not only blood sugar levels but also hypertension. So, no drugs needed with a healthy diet and intermittent fasting. Thanks .

  • Reply Amber June 14, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I was literally just googling this very issue on my way to the office, opened Youtube, and saw your video. WOW! Talk about a sign.

  • Reply Steve Masterson June 14, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I've been the keto diet for 4 months. My a1c went from 11.0 to 6.4 but my fasting sugar is still high. Why is this???

  • Reply Paradev Paradev June 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Even a dumb like me can understand.. thank u doc

  • Reply ProductHuman June 14, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    My question/concern is another Dr. Sten Ekberg. We know that diet is crucial for health but what about ppl that have been through traumas, diet cant fix all, right? So i guess my question is, what else should someone like that do to heal his body as much as possible? maybe massages? to release cortisol ? would that heal the traumas in depth?

  • Reply zjunegirl June 14, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I have a random question.
    First of all, you should make a video made for the people
    Who ask the most questions 😆😆 I’d probably be at the top! Hahah

    My question is. Do you know why some people experience goosebumps while listening to music?
    Whenever I listen to really good music I get extreme goosebumps (since I could remember) and although it’s mostly my whole body SOMETIMES I’ll get the goosebumps and chills on only the right side of my body, where as sometimes it’s on the left!

    I sometimes even get chills watching certain movies. But mostly music!

    The songs that trigger this most are kind of similar as well. (Straight down the line by Gerry Rafferty and Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles)

  • Reply BlackBeard Papa June 14, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    this is great Doc!!! Awesome! Can you make a video for those who take Metformin? It seems that half of beta cells died in a type 2 diabetes person, and that means the person would take metformin for the rest of his/her life. Some say cholesterol and blood pressure is a bit more important than blood sugar. If a person with type 2 diabetes has a fasting level of about 150, is that ok? And, if you can, address the Somogy effect, which from what I read , it raises the blood sugar in the morning, when you wake up. THANK YOU DOC!!! Love the videos!!

  • Reply T Est June 14, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    As a type-1 diabetic I can fully recomend it. This is great don’t be too afraid to not do this, it just could be the best you’ve done for your health ever.

    However with one big warning and you really need to pay attention to it. As a type-1.
    There is a “new” form of ketoacidosis that wasn’t present as much before. It’s called Euglycemic Ketoacidosis, not even all doctors thinks it’s real yet.
    It turns out that we who are type-1, and don’t do keto diets and fasting properly or rather change to quickly is at risk.
    I got it when I started, not with a keto diet recommended here but with a carnivore diet. I never cared for slowly adapting, 5 units of insulin had no effect I was that much resistant. I’ve always been extreme and always had problems with slow changes.
    But as a type-1 you have to cut the carbs slowly and reduce insulin slowly. Or you risk to get into this type of ketoacidosis.
    The reason to it being new phenomenon, has to do with the rising popularity of keto/carnivore diets. It has been so rare before that some think it’s a myth.
    I got it once. I’m now following the recommendations by dr. Sten Ekberg here on this channel and dr. Eric Berg on his channel. And have no issues with the diets nor fasting.

    When I got into this type of ketoacidosis it was because; I over just one night shifted from a high carb diet to a 0 carb 0 fiber diet. The issue did not manifest itself directly as my liver most likely had a lot of stored fat that it could release as glucose.
    Anyway I got into a ketoacidosis (not same as ketosis) with low blood sugar levels. Around 3-4 mmol/l. The euglycemic ketoacidosis happens with normal even with low blod sugar levels and therefore it’s a challenge for doctors and nurses to recognize that a patient has a ketoacidosis.
    This is why some think it’s a myth because ketoacidosis normally only occurs with very high blood-sugars levels.

    If you are type1 and obese as I was bmi >35. Don’t change your diet quickly. Do it slowly let it take at least a month if not more, to avoid this risk.
    I have found that instead of 0 carbs, 20g carbs a day is golden, while the 0g puts a type-1 at risk.

    If it happens eat carbs and inject insulin, insulin will break the over production of ketones. Small amount of alcohol also breaks production of ketones, but large amounts will not be beneficial.

    Take care, don’t be afraid to do it, just be aware of that this risk exists and follow the recommendations to slowly adapt. And learn how to do it properly.

    This channel is excellent for learning how to do it.

  • Reply Marcel Trudeau June 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I started 0 sugar o carbs ( except for fruit) a week ago and I'm experiencing an increase in heartburn. Is this normal? temporary?

  • Reply asaens15 June 14, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Those taking metformin might want to ask their doctors to prescribe metformin ER (extended release / timed release) if having problems with their digestive system, more specifically loose stools. It doesn't cost significantly more ($6 versus $4)… maybe less average with 90 days supply.

  • Reply B A June 14, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    You are truly sent from heaven! Thank you again so much for your excellent information I learn so much from your lessons‼️ I wish you a lovely day, sir 🙏🌹

  • Reply Aahil Hadi June 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Thankuu so much Dr Ecberg from this sunday i started to watch ur videoes and after watching only one video i started omad i hv lost almost 5 kgs in just short period m type 2 diebetic last 14 years my HBA1C is alwsys in between 12.5 to 15.7 now m feeeling gudd active n blood sugar is dropping aftr meal ( big bowl green salad n 2 or 3 boiled eggs or some time grill chiken) its 163 to175 from last 2 days before it always stays near 400/ 532 m really thankful to from botim of my heart God bless u alot. Ur way of explanation is awsome 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

  • Reply F Ahmadi June 14, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Is stevia good for diabet?

  • Reply mamiyapress June 14, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    It is a pity that I was not told this 22yrs. ago, thanks for posting.

  • Reply Rob H June 15, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Thanks doc. I like how you explain things. Very clear and logical. To be honest, I don't have a doctor and I self diagnosed myself as diabetic with my mother' glucose meter when my fasting glucose was 7 and 8. So I don't even know how long I had been diabetic. Then I started keto and IF 18/6. Three months later, I can confidently say I've "cured" my diabetes. Thanks to your videos and similar ones from other people. I don't take and have never taken diabetic medication. I want to help my mom who is now (in all practicality) become type 1. Unfortunately, she has/sees a doctor, and that's the problem.

  • Reply Martha Alemu June 15, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Im type 2 diabetes and I was worried about fasting also I have obesity so when I watch people fasting and losing weight I said I can't do it because of my diabetes now I get a prefect lesson Dr. Thank you so much and GOD bless your work, life, family and everything what you have. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Reply Lily Khan June 15, 2019 at 4:41 am

    GREAT. info.

  • Reply saravuth sok June 15, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this valuable info. I have been doing Keto + OMAD for 11 days now and i am wondering why my BG is high in the morning (110-120) and after exercise (130-140)? Before fasting my BG in the morning used to be over 120. Look forward to your kind concise explanation always.

  • Reply Manuelcr7 June 15, 2019 at 11:05 am

    This is wrong. He doesn't fully understand how isulin works. Type2 diabetes (insulin resistance) comes from a cronic caloric surplus. But NOt from carbs alone. And people with Type1 diabetes can use glucose very well! Insulin is NOT needed for glucose uptake!

  • Reply Rod Gebin June 15, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you for the amazing info, Doc. As a type 1 diabetic on keto and IF for over a year, my biggest issue is to manage insulin injections to my protein intake. It seems to take more time to raise blood sugars but it does a lot, and sometimes when I’m asleep so I wake up the next morning with super high numbers, usually around 250 because it combines with the dawn effect. Any tips?

  • Reply Mette Harter June 15, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you Dr Ekberg, as always you make it so easy to understand.

  • Reply parsa khorasani June 15, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I have a question sir ?
    I hope you answer it.
    How long can one with beginning hepatitis b cereuses living?
    Thanks

  • Reply Mystic Miserly June 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Dr Sten , A humble request from my side for a video on PCOS and it's holistic treatment options. This is because I love the way you go beyond allopathic boundaries and bring out golden nuggets of medical advice that are easy to apply on a daily basis

  • Reply C Jennings June 15, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    How can our brain snap to attention.. Wake UP to feeling vigorous ENERGY to learn and get into ENERGY ACTION?? Want to FEEL ENERGETIC. HOW?

  • Reply C Jennings June 15, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Is SUGAR get UP & GO POWER???

  • Reply misottovoce June 15, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks so much once again for concise and clear information. I will be passing this and other videos of yours on to diabetic friends I have. I am not diabetic, but was once upon a time hypoglycemic so am fascinated about this subject. Having the 'sword of Damocles' ever present that it might develop into IR and diabetes Type 2 was an increasing concern over the years. Keto since 6 months. Two days into keto banished the hypoglycemia. Lost 11 kilo and am happy, healthier and even more fearless (that diabetes will never be on my radar). Am so appreciative of your work!

  • Reply misottovoce June 15, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Keto, IF and occasional OMAD works wonders for me. I used to be able to gain weight on 1000 calories a day – now I understand about IR.

  • Reply Kyle Wantland June 16, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetes just before Christmas in 2017. I'm 24 now. I wouldn't allow myself to eat much, and when I did it was cheap food, and only enough to shut my stomach up. This was because ever since I was 9 all that doctors have done was just label me as obese and insist I should just put the fork down. They sent me to be berated by a toothpick nutritionist at the age of 9 and I have HATED food ever since that meeting. I was on heavy doses of Prednisone between the ages of 8 and 10. Food has been my enemy ever since. Were those doctors correct or were they out of line for telling a 10 year old that? Just curious. I also intermittently fast.

  • Reply Yubel June 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I was fasting for ramadan(18:6), then on June 4th I switched to OMAD(23:1), I eat at 5pm everyday and weigh myself every monday. I've lost alot of weight so far, before ramadan I was about 83kg and last monday I was 71.5kg, I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow and I hope I've reached 70-69kg, my goal weight is 65kg. Also I'm not actually hungry at 5pm everyday, I only eat out of routine and I don't do low carb either but after I reach my goal weight I'm going to change small things about my meals to make them healthier and more nutritious, also I don't think about calories and I've never counted a calorie in my life, I just eat untill I'm full.
    I live quite sedentary but I don't sit alot either, and I don't do any exercise except walk every morning, and I do that as a morning routine as I think about my plans so I walk at a pace which can't be considered an exercise, I want to hit the gym once I'm at my goal weight and build muscle.

  • Reply Alejandro Alatorre June 17, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Hey Dr. Ekberg,

    Do you thing it's ok to have a sugar free dark chocolate after lunch or dinner?
    Thanks and FYI, I do share your channel with other people

  • Reply Carlos Roman June 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Today Monday June 17, we Catholics remember Ranieri degli Scaccieri, who was born in Pisa, Italy, in 1118. At 23 Ranieri he became a hermit and went to Jerusalem where he lived as a pilgrim for thirteen years, living with other pilgrims, eating only twice a week. This is an amazing practice that hermits of 12th century had. Would you comment on this, please?

  • Reply queensgirl58 June 17, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Hi.. I am a type 2 diabetic. I eat a low carb diet with exercise and I take no meds. my a1c is 5.8 -5.9 % . My problem with high blood glucose is my fasting numbers. I go to bed with it between 90-100 mg. when I wake up and take my fasting number, it is around 120 to 130 and it continues to rise until I eat something. so I have tried intermittent fasting and my blood sugars continue to rise in the morning so it is a no no for me. I understand that my rising of my blood sugar during the night to the morning is from my liver. why doesn't my pancreas release insulin until I eat in the morning? can you explain what is going on?even my doctor doesn't have an answer for me. thanks, Gina

  • Reply Susan Brownell June 18, 2019 at 5:54 am

    You are the best! This information about diabetes should be in every school, so in the future we will see it as a disease people used to get.

  • Reply Shah Yar June 18, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Dr. Ekberg, I wrote to you few weeks ago regarding my condition, took your advice and taking digestive enzyme, but come now my Primary doctor told me have kwashiorkor, my swollen legs are getting worse, now as doing intermittent fasting for few years, my Doctor said to stop intermittent fasting and keto diet too, Dr. wants me to eat every few hours, eat more starchy foods with high carb foods. Can you please advice me.

  • Reply Laurel Sorensen June 18, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for making this so understandable!

  • Reply Sam Ketofueled June 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you Dr Sten

  • Reply Anne June 19, 2019 at 3:00 am

    I did fasting for a whole 31 days living on one meal a day of eggs, chicken, fish and low carb salad taking my 8.1 fasting Diabetic reading down to 5.5, then I did it again a few months later and it came down to 4.5. I did count calories and kept to under a 1000 per day and also took some herbs which fight diabetes. Now I have changed my food eating lifestyle for good. I was never on any medications for it and I had it for about three years before. I nowknow I don't need to restrict calories as much as I did. Blood pressure improved too.

  • Reply Todd Ellsworth June 20, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Dr. Ekberg thank you for your efforts to help people to see how they can help themselves.

  • Reply Eric Jackson June 20, 2019 at 4:22 am

    I am Type 1, I started by cutting sugars and carbs. This helped get my BSLs into a much better range. In the beginning I was still eating and snacking like normal, but just healthier food (cheese/nuts instead of potatoe chips/cookies). This change then lead to me eating less frequently, then fasting basically 18/6 each day, which produced an even better BSLs. When I'm fasting I'm very level and stable. I don't have many lows, but it required adjustments w/ my endocrinologist as I lost weight and my insulin resistance diminished.

    A1c trend 18 months of keto, 6 months intermittent fasting:
    7.5+ > 7.2 > 6.8 -> 6.3 > 6.3 > 6.1

    Feel full when I eat since removing carbs. I feel heathy. I don't feel dehydrated. Sleep better.

  • Reply hamad ot June 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    thnks  Dr. Sten Ekberg  for the  exlent  infromaiton

  • Reply Martin Siebert June 22, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I'm learning a lot with your videos. I'm pre-diabetic, I'm 42 y old, I'm slim and no meds. I increased my metabolism taking cold showers and it helps. Here the most of people eat each 2 h. (like as my wife, she's diabetic). I'm trying to extend each meal, but how to begin a kind of fasting (IF or low carb) in this way and what to eat? What are the best videos about? Thank you very much.

  • Reply Wildman Samurai June 25, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I can't fast or intermittent fast.. Messed up my stress hormones. I'm still keto and just manage my maintenance weight now.. I lost my weight without intermittent fasting.

  • Reply Soph PM June 27, 2019 at 4:34 am

    A lot of medical personnel stated the brain need glucose. Overtime ketogenic can damage the brain cell due to low glucose or carbohydrate, is that true? How is the statement supported?

  • Reply Marivic. Juegvicky Scottie June 30, 2019 at 12:06 am

    DOCTOR STEN, I'M A TYPE 2 Diabetes, my name is Marivic I'm from Hong kong, I'm always watching on how you demonstrate low carb, food what to eat and dont eat. I like very much. But I have a big problem the doctor gave me more medicine, SITAGLIPTIN 50mg/500 METFORMIN, and GLICLAZIDE MR,60mg and DIAFORMIN 500mg, the complication, I have high blood pressure, my medicine Rosovastatin 10mg AMLODIPHINE 5mg and CLOPIDOGREL75mg I'm so scared about all this kind of medicine, Doc Sten, I think my kidney well affected. Please gave me advice. Thank you so much and more power to your program.

  • Reply Varun Purushothaman June 30, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Sir please do a topic on gestational diabetes mellitus.
    It's cause , risk factors, prevention and management

  • Reply Traveling Pair July 1, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I do IF almost every day since the last three weeks. Between 12-16 hours a day. Have cut meals to two a day. Consume zero sugars and limit carbs to 20-30 a day.
    I had an Ac1 over 9 on April 7. Today, less than three months later, its under 5.9; Blood glucose was 225, now my average is under 125.
    I think I'm on the right track thanks to your great vlogs, and others similar to yours.
    THANK YOU!

  • Reply El Johnson July 10, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Since starting ITF. I have dropped my mealtime insulin and lowered my long acting from 76 to 40. I keep my carbs below 20 most days.

  • Reply yanan shen July 10, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I learned so much from your videos. Thank you.
    I am newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic. My doctor put me on metformin right away. I started low carb diet about a week ago. what do you recommend that I cut down my medication while measuring my blood sugar level daily or I should tell my doctor what I do first?

  • Reply Kwame Halm July 17, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Hello,
    I have a type 2 diabetic for the past 13 years . I started 16/8 intermittent fasting in April 2019. My A1c has dropped from 7.5% to 6.2%. My kidneys eGfr from 69mmol/L to 77mmol/L. But my cholesterol level has gone up. Should I worry?

  • Reply Diane Bejarano July 27, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Why is my friend w type I, very overweight?

  • Reply Diane Bejarano July 27, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Im on metformin, this intermitant fasting is working. Diagn. Oct w AIC of 11, i stopped eating, do frightened, then counting carbs, went to 8.4, research lex me go Dr Jason Fung, Thomas Delauer who lost more than 100 pounds IF and keto. And to you. Last AIC was 7.4, their goal is below 7, mine is to be normal. I take 2 metformins morning and after dinner 2 more. Next A1C is Aug 14th. The best video explained why 3 months and that our blood cells die off every 4 months. It is just scary during the eating.

  • Reply Rashid July 30, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Sir, your English is very easy to understand for foreigners. I appreciate your videos.

  • Reply Laurie Fraser August 2, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I’m doing low carb and IF everyday and have gone from 40 units of insulin per day to fifteen. I’ve lost approx ten lbs in two months and I feel amazingly better!! My BP is down, my joints hurt less and I have a ton more energy!! I love your videos so much!

  • Reply Mwadi ya Kin-Malebo August 6, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the info. Great explanation.

  • Reply marti adams August 8, 2019 at 4:14 am

    my dr. just wants me to add more rx but I'm ready to get off the ride now via low carb high fat with fasting. I will have to reduce glyburide metformin myself. as well as the Losartan no doubt. 12 dr.'s refused to help. They don't want to refill my rx so I can ween myself, they want me on insulin ++
    Is there a book or place online where I can find out how to reduce meds . I don't know how many carbs I eat now so it's hard to say what's what in my case since I haven't taken glucose readings in years because it seemed like depressing useless information that I had no idea how to use… please respond. ty

  • Reply Infinity Searcher August 8, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Suggest the term "Insulin Sensitive" be replaced with "Insulin Responsive" when there is recovery from "Insulin Resistant"

  • Reply Deron Bayer August 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    THANK YOU!

  • Reply Ashley ASHLEYM August 21, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Yay someone finally answered a question I was curious about, is there anything people with type 1 can do to improve their health, I'm going to definitely tell my boyfriend about this and hopefully he's willing to eat less carbs. He's said that the doc has spoke to him about the importance of a healthy diet and lots of exercise but he didn't go into detail about what the doc told him. I certainly don't want him developing insulin resistance since he has type 1 already.

  • Reply v2 lee August 22, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    As a type 1, I became insulin resistant when I started eating carbs again after 1 year of being in ketosis , the insulin wouldn't work the same way than before keto and I needed to double the dose for those carbs. But then once my body started to recognise carbs again it worked just as normal. Although it was so complicated to get the numbers right, I would go keto again. Unfortunately I feel keto isn't sustainable long term for us type's 1, and it's got to be because when we need to fix a low, we need sugar to raise it up, and because of that the cravings are out of whack and you go on and off keto many times. And when high bg and ketones are in your body can lead to many complications. However, I've never felt so good while on keto, my bg was so perfect that I forgot I was diabetic for months. I now follow a low carb lifestyle around 60-80g carbs/day (fruit, veggies and legumes basically). I sometimes do OMAD and also IF, it works beautfully. Before all this knowledge and research + experience in my own body, I thought I was stuck to eating 6 meals a day, snacking within meals etc. to keep my sugar right. That never worked. I control what and when I eat, food don't control me

  • Reply Kathy Brunty August 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Doctor I think I heard you say in one of your other videos that a two week long fast was needed to help T2 diabetic's could you talk a little more about the longer fast for T2 's ?

  • Reply Rajesh Garg August 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Great 👍

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