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Fasting seems to be the last piece of my diabetes control puzzle
I tried restricted eating as a means of controlling my blood glucose (BG) soon after I was diagnosed with diabetes, and after some initial success my BG started to rise to the point where I decided that it was not for me. Since that time I have learned many lessons on my diabetes control journey. In my case, as a TOFI diabetic I found that it was difficult to get control of my BG, and my diabetic nurse had warned me of this, saying that I would not see the response that obese diabetics see when they lose weight. Nevertheless I started experimenting with my diet and found that I did pretty well on low carb, moderate protein, moderate to high fat and high green food and my HbA1c fell from 108 to 64 at my next appointment. I also found that my BG shot up when I exercised, but I had the confidence to carry on, as I had read the Fighting Insulin Resistance with Strength Training book. Over time, my muscles built up and started to take the strain when my BG went up due to strong emotional responses and then my BG began to stay normal when I exercised. This levelling out of my BG by these two means of control meant that I had an HbA1c of 45 at my last visit. My diabetes nurse was so pleased with these consistent falls in BG levels, but I said that I felt that I was unlikely to get much lower as I was on a very low carb diet and was doing a lot of exercise every day.
After some thought, I decided that I would give intermittent fasting another go. I read the Diabetes Code, and instead of a restricted eating pattern, I bit the bullet and tried a 36-40 hour fast twice a week -and boy did that work! My fasting BG in the morning is now never more than 5.5 and I've been doing two 36-40 fasst a week for six weeks with no changes in BG stability. For me it seems that the sequence of control; diet and then exercise and then fasting was the key to normalising my BG levels. The diet seems to have enabled me to cope with the fast and the muscle development seesm to have helped with the stress when I go through a "hungry" patch. My BG levels stay in the normal zone throughout the fast and beyond, when I start eating again. I am really hoping that I have found the means of controlling my diabetes and that now I have a routine I can push it into the background of my life.
I hope that my experience has shown that it is worth trying different things until you hit upon the control formula that works for you.
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