I want to do it, but here is the problem. I take meds twice a day (Metformin/Glyburide). If I don't have some food with the meds, I get really bad diarhea. It only takes a spoonful or two of cottage cheese to prevent. So, kinda hard to IF when requiring some food early morning/late evening.
So I'm curious if other T2's on similar meds are able to IF - how did you do it?
Update - one month later:
Okay, so I am getting off the Glyburide. I am only taking half a pill once every other day or so - only when I get over 130/140. That's about 1/16 of the original prescription. I do hope to be totally off it asap.
I am skipping breakfast and/or lunch most days (occaisionally dinner). Here's what's typical M-F:
Sometimes breakfast or lunch is more substantial - cheese omelette with bacon or some such. I pretty much always eat if I really want to. Sometimes I have aa snack of dark chocolate and almonds.
Glucose is averaging 100-110 - as good or better than before. And it seems to be trending down. I've lost 9 pounds since the first post! Thanks for all your concern and help - I feel like I am finally cracking the code to this thing.
First, get off the Glyburide. It is a drug that kicks your already overworked pancreas to produce more insulin. It will, according to both Dr. Ron Rosedale and Dr. Richard Benstein, eventually burn out your betas and kill them. Metformin ok, till you get your BS normal by very low carb then you can get off that too.
Dave, You didnt get to be Type 2 because you eat too little and too infrequently, Get it? IF will be good for you as soon as you drop the Glyburide. It can hypo you as sure as insulin can....so get off of it. Check your BS in the morning and before you eat, if you are over 120...don't eat, you re only gong to go up from there. If you start to drop, use glucose (4 grm tabs to bring you back up). Ths should not be a problem as soon as you are off Glyburde. Read Bernsten, Rosedale and my blog and this blog and join the Tribe and get off the blood sugar rollercoaster. Don't believe your doctor or me or any expert...believe your meter. GET OFF THE GLYBURIDE. Normalize your BS. High fat, moderate protein, low carb.
I've been doing a fair bit of IF recently. It works, too; I've lost a few pounds. Mind you, I went off the Metformin several months ago after Paleo basically killed my diabetes.
A few questions - WHY do you want to IF, and at what interval?
You are already experiencing some of the more typical side effects of glyburide. I am concerned that you won't be eating often enough to take your meds to minimize the effects they already have on your body.
You MUST eat with the medications you are taking! These are not medications to take on an empty stomach. perhaps you might try IF in this manner, if you are determined to do it:
My understanding is that the metformin/glyburide combo (if that's what you're taking) should not have an interval longer than 12 hours between dosages.
Better yet, work on your lifestyle (quantity/quality of food, sleep, hydration, stress, etc.) and maybe you can reduce or eliminate your need for the medications.
Contact me offline if you'd like to discuss further.
Are you eating strict paleo? I'd be curious if paleo alone would end your t2 diabetes.
I'm a type 1 diabetic. Paleo has helped me tremendously managing my diabetes.. But I'm still dependent on a a little bit of insulin
YOu can still get benefits of fasting without taking a long fast. You could simply eat a bit less for breakfast and dinner and totally skip lunch. You don't HAVE to fast for a long time to have good results. If you are not yet in a position to fast longer periods safely, then by all means do not try it. It's just not that important compared to most other aspects of paleo.
Keep your carbs low and your glycemic load low. Eat healthy whole foods. If you need to lose weight, let that weight come off at a healthy rate. Get healthy amounts of exercise, but not too much. Challenge yourself but do not over strain yourself. Do that and you are doing the best thing possible. The whole time, monitor your glucose levels and see if you can start to gradually taper off some or all of the meds. If you improve your health in other ways, it's very important that you monitor your glucose so you will not be taking too much medication. Not everyone can totally kill diabetes using paleo, but most can make a good amount of improvement on it. HOpefully, you will at least be able to lessen meds and use safer meds than previously.
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