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


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
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