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David Aguasca 10-11-2007 09:29 AM

IF and Type I Diabetes
Well, the title says it all.

I've been curious about IF for a while. I eat Paleo, with 1 or 2 cheat meals on weekends. the combination of Paleo and consistent workouts has gotten my HbA1c stay between 5.0-5.6 for the last year or so...anything in that range is normal for a non-diabetic, so i think it's gonig pretty well.

does anyone have any experience or know anyone with experience with IFing with type I? i can't imagine it would hurt, as long as i kept my insulin dosage low during the fasting (hypoglycemia=bad)

Robb Wolf 10-11-2007 09:43 AM

IF improves insulin sensitivity so it SHOULD help. Obviously a wary eye must be kept on hypoglycemia. Good numbers BTW.

David Aguasca 10-12-2007 06:04 AM

thanks, robb. i've already started tapering my eating window, starting with 8hrs today. i'll be keeping a close eye on BG readings.

Yvana van den Hork 10-15-2007 03:01 AM

Have you read the Diabetes Solution of Dr. Bernstein?
I'm sure he will be able to give you answers to things you didn't know already if you haven't read it yet.
I'm in the process of reading it so can't give definite answers here.

Like David says I'm guessing you'll be OK as long as you keep a very close eye on your blood glucose numbers and eat something when it dips too low.
I'm assuming that since you are on a Paleo diet already you'll have less problems transitioning into an IF. Not sure whether that 8hr eating window would be 'a slow start'.

The only caveat is that if you would like to indulge in more carbs like many people tend to do on an IF that don't do Paleo, is that blood sugar levels may remain too high throughout the night and then you can fall into a hypoglycemic state while asleep.
From the Bernstein book I've understood that it is very important to eat more or less similar amounts of P/C every meal (fats can change as they don't influence bs-levels). If you take that into account you may be fine. Just try.

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