I said a couple of weeks ago that someone suggested I read Dr Fung’s The Diabetes Code if I wanted to beat the dawn phenomenon. Well I finished the book. It helped with the dawn effect and a lot more. It’s a gamechanger. I’ve been following his fasting programme for two weeks now, and I’ve had only two mornings above 7.6 mmol/L. The vast majority of my readings have been between 6.1 and 7.4. Dear Reader, you need to remember that I have been waking up for months somewhere between 8.8 and 11.0 and usually at the higher end of that range.
So what is Dr Fung’s fasting programme? Simple really: three 36 hour fasts per week. That means I don’t eat on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Combined with my whole food, high-fat, low-carb diet and a lot of exercise this looks like the way forward to 5.7 mmol/L.
The benefits of Dr Fung’s regimen, beyond the much better blood glucose levels, are clarity, energy and a feeling of euphoria which comes with fasting. I’ll keep you posted on how this goes. According to his book, a lot of his patients come off their meds completely after a few months. We’ll see.
By the way, I should mention that Dr Fung has a completely different view of Type 2 Diabetes than the mainstream. He does not believe it is the inability of cells to take in more sugar that is the problem. His view is that the body’s cells already have too much sugar; the body compensates by producing more insulin which pushes more sugar into the cells, but eventually the cells reach saturation and the sugar ends up in the blood stream. What the individual must do is burn off the sugar that is already in the cells. For Type 2s more insulin is not the answer. How does Dr Fung recommend getting rid of the sugar? Low-carb, whole food diet, exercise and fasting. That’s it.
I had two out of three. Therapeutic fasting was the final piece of the puzzle it seems. Thank you Dr Fung!