By Richknowbody Latest Reply 2012-02-25 20:44:22 -0600
Started 2012-02-22 10:36:09 -0600

I Fast on Tuesday's. I don't eat until 2:00.
Does any one else do this?
It is the one way I keep my weight normal.
My doctor knows I do it.
I just wonder if other people do it also.

28 replies

GabbyPA 2012-02-25 20:44:22 -0600 Report

I like the way fasting makes me feel when I have a purpose for it. I don't go as long as I used to, but it gives me focus on things that sometimes get lost in the bustle of the day.

I don't do it on a regular basis and I generally fast an item than total abstinence these days. My levels always run high, so going low is not a problem for me. But if you suffer from lows, this would not be something I would recommend without your doctor's knowledge.

robertoj 2012-02-24 20:41:15 -0600 Report

I have a tight eating schedule because it keeps me on track. I've never like veering from it because I like keeping my numbers stable. If I wait too long to eat my numbers will be good the next time I test. But it goes up he next time. It always rises when I forget my evening snack. The other reason I never fast (other than for ;abs) is that I have always felt light headed and/or shaky if I missed a meal and when I finally ate I would pour down sweat. It is important for us to listen to our bodies.

Richknowbody 2012-02-25 01:00:09 -0600 Report

Hi Roboertoj, yea, sounds like you are really getting low blood sugars. You must really keep tight control of your blood sugars. I let mine stay a little on the higher side. I don't usually let it get to low, but I do let it get too high. Sometimes that really low blood sugar feeling is really not pleasant.

robertoj 2012-02-25 14:03:47 -0600 Report

I try to avoid lows. I can really feel even the slightest low. The highs aren't easy to tell physically. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia when I was a teen; diabetes at 55.

suziesgirl 2012-02-25 17:18:16 -0600 Report

Congradulations Byrun, You have found out that without Metformin and the reduction of food intake can really make a differance in diabetes patients. I have been reading allot of research lately on diabetes and am convienced that we are definately eating too much food. People who take Metformin need to eat just to accomodate the drug, even when they are not hungry, kind of silly don't you think? I do not take drugs, howver my BFS have been lower than ever, I stopped eating breads completly and drink Aloe Vera juice twice daily. It hasn't gone over 97 in two months. mostly low 90 and 80's. A few times in the high seventies. Only Vegtable carbs for dinner. Dreamfeild pasta is a great product and I eat the serving size several times weekly. Mary's gone crackers are excellent sorce of complex carbs. Can't wait to see my A1C. Georges Aloe Vera Juice, I get in health food stores. Diabetes without drugs, Suzie Cohen's book. Read it you won't be dissapointed.,
Good Luck

June Tademy
June Tademy 2012-02-23 21:39:18 -0600 Report

I cannot fast at all my Doctors ruled against it, because of the headaches and rising of the blood sugar, but I am happy for you.

Richknowbody 2012-02-24 08:22:30 -0600 Report

Yea, I hear that a lot. I guess I am lucky. I don't get the headaches, and my blood sugar actually is the best when I am fasting.

jayabee52 2012-02-23 17:33:53 -0600 Report

I had before I had diabetes fasted for a week at a time (repeatedly) for religious reasons.

but now the only time I fast is typically on "Good Friday" and only till 3pm, the time that Jesus died. Some years I have had to break my fast early due to getting too confused and unable to think clearly (probably had a low but didn't check — wasn't thinking clearly).

Glad this works to keep your weight normalized for you.

Richknowbody 2012-02-24 08:21:10 -0600 Report

Yea, sounds like I am pretty lucky really.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-24 19:30:42 -0600 Report

Please just be careful and stay on top of it. I wouldn't want anything bad to come out of this. Like I said, it is not an option for me, but I'm happy when another can find an alternative that helps them, safely:)

Richknowbody 2012-02-24 20:03:54 -0600 Report

Fasting is something that humans have been doing for thousands of years. Actually having food at your finger tips all year round is a very new thing. I think canning was invented in 1802.
Prior to the refrigerator, fasting was not a choice.
Kind of interesting we don't live long enough to see what a paradise we live in.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-25 09:46:06 -0600 Report

So true, I wonder what the diabetes rate was? I'm just saying since you do take insulin this is where you need to be careful, not possibly cause health issues down the line. I take insulin as well, and I'm not allowed to not eat as this will cause me problems.

Richknowbody 2012-02-25 10:21:37 -0600 Report

I have the Dexcom continuous glucose monitoring system, So I have my blood sugar tested once every 5 minutes.
It sounds an alarm if it goes below 80.
Do you take Lantus and humalog?
What is your regimen?

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-25 19:00:22 -0600 Report

I think I have basically been on them all through out my journey. Yes, I am on those, had problems with the pump and drs decided I needed to be taken off that option.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-22 14:48:26 -0600 Report

I can't fast. If I go until 2pm without food, I will have a terrible headache. I use to work 3-11 and only ate one full meal a day. I would have 2 pieces of toast in the morning with a cup of tea and not eat a meal until 6pm. I would then have popcorn around 10 and I was fine. Since I no longer work that schedule I eat regular meals. I am also T2. If I don't eat something I can feel my blood sugar dropping added to that, I have a headache to deal with.

Richknowbody 2012-02-22 14:57:36 -0600 Report

Hey, it works for me. I did check it with my Doctor, he is diabetic, and an endocrinologist. It is just Tuesday's. I can lose 1/2 pound a week.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-22 14:59:52 -0600 Report

If it works for you, that is fantastic. I would rather eat and not have a headache or low BG's. I would have to eat something. I am sure Fasting works for others as well.

Caroltoo 2012-02-22 14:22:55 -0600 Report

I fast sometimes. I'm type 2 w/out any medications. I see the same stabilization effect that you are referring to, Rich, as long as it is 1 day or under.

Richknowbody 2012-02-23 16:06:10 -0600 Report

I know it goes against all medical advice, it works for me. I posted in the photo section my meter showing my dexcom meter. It shows very good level readings for a 24 hour period.
I am a general contractor that is diabetic, so, take what I do with a lot of salt.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-22 13:50:30 -0600 Report

I can't do that, I'm type 1. Plus with other meds I have to eat. I wouldn't advise doing it, but if your bg numbers are at ideal range then it works for you.

Good luck

Richknowbody 2012-02-22 13:58:56 -0600 Report

Yea, I luckily am not type 1. I can go with out food and my blood sugars stay less than about 140. I am getting 0.8 units an hour from my pump also.

byrun 2012-02-22 12:05:20 -0600 Report

Something to consider. A few weeks ago I was sick over a weekend. Couldn't keep anything down for at least a day. No metformin and very little to eat for maybe, 3 days and I noticed my BG#'s stayed fairly constant in the low to mid-90's.

byrun 2012-02-22 10:53:36 -0600 Report

How does that affect you BG#'s on your fasting day?

Richknowbody 2012-02-22 11:56:01 -0600 Report

I will post in my photograph section my Dexcom 24 hour screen. It shows my blood tested every 5 minutes. But, it shows that my blood sugars are best if I fast.
The A-1c blood test shows you how sugar has attached to your blood cells. I think fasting cleans this up, because it uses your sugars. I am on an insulin pump so I am still getting my background insulin. I just don't take my bolus insulin.

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