Is Fasting Healthy for a Diabetic?

Should you do fasting if you have diabetes? Find out.

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0:04 Healthcare and diabetes 
0:34 About diabetes
0:53 There is no agreement on the best diet for a type 2 diabetic, and why 
1;13 Medications and diabetes 
2:07 What you need to realize
2:32 Fasting for diabetes 
3:30 Why does fasting work for diabetes?

In this video, we’re going to talk about fasting and diabetes. Is fasting healthy for diabetics? If you have diabetes, this video is for you. 

In the United States alone, there are about 84 million people who are pre-diabetic and 30 million who are diabetic. There is also a large number of people who have insulin resistance and are on their way to becoming a diabetic. 

There are two main mechanisms with diabetes medications:

1. Targeting insulin resistance 
2. Increasing insulin

The medications that increase insulin also increase the risk of cardiovascular mortality by 59-68%. 

What you need to realize is that high insulin is just as damaging as high blood glucose. You need normal insulin, but you don’t need tremendous amounts of insulin.

If you combine therapeutic fasting, where you’re making sure you’re getting all of your nutrients, with a low-carb diet—this can produce amazing results. 

A few benefits of fasting for diabetics might be:

1. Within 4 months—no need for insulin 
2. A decrease in A1C
3. A decrease in waist size 
4. Able to control blood sugars

Why does fasting work for diabetes? 
*Because it decreases the need for insulin. 

Low-carb and fasting may be very therapeutic versus something that increases insulin. The side-effects of too much insulin are just as bad as too much glucose. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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