IDM Patient Profile August 2014 – Michael

Slide1Michael was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2000. Like most people Michael thought his diabetes was a chronic illness that would become worse with age. In 2007, Michael began seeing Dr. Fung for management of his diabetic related kidney disease.   During his follow-up visit with Dr. Fung in October 2013, Dr. Fung approached Michael about joining the IDM Program. Although he was taking three oral medications for management of his diabetes, his HbA1c was 8.6%. The next step for Michael was insulin.

Fortunately, Michael was willing to give the program a shot. He was able to come off of all of his diabetic medications within 3 months of starting, and his HbA1c is now 5.8%. In addition to developing some kidney disease, Michael has also developed some fatty liver disease from the diabetes. His ALT (liver enzyme) has decreased to 32 U/L (normal) from 45 U/L (abnormal). Michael has also lost 14 pounds and 3 inches around his waist.

The following is an interview with Michael.

 

 

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IDM: What was your initial reaction when Dr. Fung asked you to fast on alternate days when you first joined the program?

 

I thought it was going to be really hard but at that point I was willing to try anything. The reason why I thought it was going to be difficult was because before I started on this program I could barely go an hour or so without eating. I was constantly eating, because I thought I would be very sick if I didn’t eat. I really didn’t think it was going to be possible to fast, but I think it is mostly a mindset. I was really scared when Dr. Fung told me the next step for me was going to be insulin to manage my diabetes. I just didn’t want to go there at all. I had my mindset on doing whatever I had to do to stay off of insulin. I just went with it, and I was able to do it.

 

IDM: How have you felt since you started following along with the program?

 

I feel really good. My energy levels have improved. I was sleepy all of the time before, but now I have energy. I feel good all over. My blood sugar levels have been very good. My skin texture has also changed. It isn’t wrinkly anymore. People who I haven’t seen for awhile say I have a glow now.

 

IDM: Did you experience any other complications following along with the program?

 

When I first started it was difficult because I had quite a bit of gas pain. When I spoke to you guys about it, you told me to drink mineral water. That helped a lot.   After that I didn’t really have any problems with it.

 

I also thought it was a little difficult to eat. At first I was eating the same foods over and over again. It became a little boring at the beginning because I had to stop a lot of the foods I normally ate. I had to stop the bread and all of the flours and pasta. There wasn’t much left in my old diet.   I had to start trying different things that I wasn’t use to. Now the foods I never liked, I crave now. Things like vegetables or salads. There are so many different things you can do with them to keep your meals interesting, so I eat a lot of them now.

 

When I feel hungry during a fast I drink a lot of water, tea and coffee. They fill me up. Those were things I never used to do before. Once in awhile you get a craving. It doesn’t matter what you eat, you still crave that one thing. One time I was craving a burger so badly, so I went for it. The craving went away after that. I could only eat half of it though because nowadays it doesn’t take too much food to fill me up. I have found that my stomach has shrunk. I can’t eat as much as I used to even when I allow myself to indulge.

 

IDM: Last year you went on vacation for 3 months.   What did you do in terms of your diet while you were away to maintain all of the progress you made before your holiday?

 

I pretty much stayed on the program for the whole time I was gone. It was something I wanted to continue to do. I look at the fasting as something for my health.   Staying on track was all to benefit myself. There were sometimes I would go off for the diet for a bit, but I always went right back.

 

IDM: What advice would you give to new patients joining the program who are leery about the fasting?

 

Stick with it. Get on the program and stay with it. For me the guidelines are not written in stone. You can tweak your schedule until you get to your goal. At first, I would fast the whole day until 6:00 or 7:00 PM until my system got used to it. Now I can go the whole day without that meal in the evening without a problem. I think it is a great program. It really works.

 

The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is not a diet or a even program really. I look at it as a way of life. You have to alter your lifestyle. I don’t need to eat everything I see out there. I don’t crave all of these carbohydrates anymore. If you give up a few things, then you get to live a lot longer.

 

IDM: Did you ever think you could reverse your diabetes?

 

No. Everyone says once you get it you have it for the rest of your life. I went along with Dr. Fung at first when he said it could be reversed, but there was doubt until I started seeing improvements. My medication kept being reduced because my blood sugar levels started coming back down to normal.

 

IDM: You were able to come off of some of your other medications as well as your diabetes medications. What other medications were you able to come off of since you started the program?

 

I was able to cut back on my blood pressure medications. I don’t have to take it everyday or very often. Occasionally, I have to take a pill once in awhile. My blood pressure has been very normal without the medications for the most part.

 

We would like to thank Michael for sharing his story for our Patient Profile this month.  He has had tremendous success following the IDM program as a direct result of his continued dedication towards achieving a healthier lifestyle.  We are very happy to have him as part of our IDM family. 

 

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About the Author:

Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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Steve
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Steve

It’s great to hear about what Michael was able to achieve. I have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia (as doctors have told me) so I have very limited physical activity, but I am now changing my lifestyle by moving to a primarily vegatarian way of eating (only occasional meat, no milk, and extremely little no-flour sprouted grain bread) — with an emphasis on salads. I have been doing this for almost a week now. I haven’t tried fasting, but I will look into it. I can’t wait to see where I am in a month. Congratulations, Michael!

MARK
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MARK

WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS IF ONE GOES ON FASTING, HOW ONE CONTROL

HYPOGLYCEMIA ? IT CAN LEAD TO MAJOR COMPLICATIONS

kfacwpup
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Absolutely. You need to carefully monitor blood sugars, and in consultation with a physician, adjust medications to avoid hypoglycemia. If you are not diabetic or on medications, then fasting rarely causes hypoglycemia.

T Brand
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T Brand

What is the schedule for fasting. It was mentioned above to fast every other day. How long would you do this?

kfacwpup
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There is no defined schedule. For Michael, we put him on an alternate daily fasting schedule until his diabetes reversed, then a shorter fast 2-3 times per week. Your own situation may be different.

Roxanne
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Roxanne

I would like to know how long you have to continue fasting. Is this a life long commitment of fasting every few days once you get your hormones balanced? Of course if this is what it takes to get of the meds- I am willing to commit to it. Do you know if there is someone in Seattle, WA. that is doing this sort of treatment?

kfacwpup
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Often, people continue fasting on a ‘maintenance’ schedule, perhaps a 24 hr fast once or twice a week. Practically, it means skipping breakfast and lunch once or twice/week – hardly difficult.

I don’t know anybody in Seattle, however, you may consider joining our Long Distance Program of dietary counselling and support which you can find more information under the ‘Join’ tab.

C.R.Nanda
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C.R.Nanda

I saw Dr.Fung presentation on UTUBE and started to follow since 10 September 2014. I stopped all my diabetes medicine since 11 September. I have reduced from 108G to 94G. My waist has reduced drastically. I am feeling healthy younger. I want to bring down my weight to 85KG as I am 187CMs in height. I have started my normal diet but keeping control on direct sugar. Thank you Dr.Fung it was great. I am from Pune, India.

Alison
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Alison

You know, all of this is a bit if a lightbulb moment for me, especially your lecture on Diabetes being an insulin resistance issue rather than a sugar metabolism issue, Dr. Fung. I knew the answer was in amongst all the stuff I’ve been researching over the last 8 years, but just couldn’t quite join the dots. Needing to allow my sugar reserves to empty seems to be the thing to do. Even following LCHF over the last 8 years didn’t help, in fact my resistance seems to have worsened. I’m desperately trying to keep my insulin use under 50… Read more »

datno
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datno

i discovered intermittent fasting, googling a natural cure for diabetes & intermittent fasting cites popped up – i had never heard of it….when i started i had just been prescribed a 3rd medication for high cholestoral….so i started fasting was given th A-1C & the test came bk – showing my #’s going down, my A1c went down 3 points, blood pressure, & cholestoral went normal….was told by my doctor to stop fasting, that fasting makes diabetes worse.

Anthony
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Anthony

The fasting I found burns the sugar. It is almost like constantly exercising. The reason I found out about intermittent fasting was on a news program. The person being interviewed stated that he lost weight on the program. However, the program stated that diabetics should not do intermittent fasting. That brought up a red flag. Every time someone says that something should not be done, I go into research mode. That is why I found Dr. Fung. My fasting blood sugar use to be in the mid to high 200’s. Now is runs in the low to mid 100s. It… Read more »

datno
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datno

why would my doctor tell me to stop fasting, & that fasting makes diabetes worse eventhough the #’s show otherwise- i suspect he might be a pill pusher

datno
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datno

my AIC went to 6.0 , i did not stop intermittent fasting , eventhough he said stop – i currently just take medication 500 metphormine twice a day – if he does this again i will be looking for a new doctor that supports this method of reversing diabetes….im not stupid i know this can be reversed & if it works for me, im going to try & help my family with it

steve perks
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steve perks

i wondered in these cases if any medications were “tampered off” when starting the fasting? if so l wonder how much?

kfacwpup
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Generally we reduce medications prior to starting the fasting. How much should be determined by a physician.

LYN MANALO
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LYN MANALO

my A1C is 12.9 normal range 4-6. I don’t want to go insulin. i want to try intermittent fasting. I have not started any medication. I live in the Philippines. How can I get on your distance program and start Intermittent Fasting right away.