How Long Does It Take To Reverse Insulin Resistance?

How Long Does It Take To Reverse Insulin Resistance?

how long does it take to reverse insulin
resistance in order to answer that question there are several things that
we need to understand like what are some of the mechanisms of insulin resistance
and how can we measure and keep track of them so we know if we’re making progress
what if we’d like to make it happen faster then what are some things that we
can do to speed it up is there even such a thing as a complete reversal what do
we have to look forward to and after we have reversed it what can a lifestyle do
we have to adopt to stay insulin sensitive today we’re going to talk
about all those things that you have a really clear picture coming right up I’m doctor Ekberg I’m a holistic doctor
and a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to truly master health by
understanding how the body really works make sure that you subscribe and hit
that notification bell so that you don’t miss anything this is one of the most
common questions I’ve received so I decided to make a video to try to answer
as many aspects as possible and when people ask they want to know why is my
glucose still high how long is it going to take for my glucose my fasting
glucose readings to change how long is it going to take for my a 1 C to come
down my doctor says my glucose my a1c is is too high they want to keep giving me
meds how long do I have to take those meds and then they ask once they’ve
understand a little bit more maybe they start asking about well what about
insulin and and home iír how long is going to take for that to change and
then they want to know about setpoint that’s the body have a tendency to go
back to a certain weight does it change its metabolism to get back to its set
point it’s like there’s a cell memory and then finally there is the issue of
genetics so all of these things are criteria that influence the mechanism or
the measurement of insulin resistance so we’ll deal with those in some more
detail but just a real quick review to understand the mechanism that this is a
long term process that there’s a lot of people whether it’s diabetes or whether
it’s neck pain or some other ailment and people say oh well it just happened I
was died just diagnosed last week this is a new thing and when it comes to
health unless there was a trauma unless you fell down the stairs or you were in
a car accident there is no such thing as a new thing it has developed over time
it is an adaptation blood sugar insulin insulin resistance it’s an adaptation we
exposed into something it does it it’s best to
balance things out despite the things for doing to it but in the end it can’t
keep up with the with the adaptations we want to think of the body and insulin as
having a carbohydrate tolerance machine you have a machine that can process
carbohydrate it has a certain threshold a certain endurance of how long and how
much it can do that and if you just push it too far too long then you basically
broke it and if you broke it then you have to take some more forceful steps
some more dramatic steps in order to reverse it then you would have to do
just to maintain it you eat something and your glucose goes up your blood
glucose increases then the body produces insulin in an appropriate amount in a
sufficient amount to get the glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cell and
maintain a normal glucose level ultimately the goal of even having blood
glucose is to deliver it to the cells so the goal itself is not a certain level
of glucose it’s to maintain a certain level to maintain a steady fuel delivery
to the cells of the body but insulin is necessary to get the glucose from the
bloodstream and into the cells initially there is a balance there’s only a little
bit of insulin required for a little bit of glucose and we are what we call
insulin sensitive but as the years go by the more sugar we eat the more carbs we
eat the more frequently we eat the more blood sugar there is the harder it is
for the insulin to get the sugar into the cells because there’s more sugar and
eventually the cells don’t want it so the insulin goes up and up and up so
after five or ten years then the glucose might still be normal because the body
is producing enough it’s succeeding at keeping the glucose
at a certain level and the diabetes it doesn’t happen until we’ve come so far
that the insulin isn’t sufficient there is no amount of insulin almost that will
get the sugar into the cell because the cells are become so resistant and that’s
where we get severe insulin resistance with pre-diabetes and diabetes but the
thing to understand is that this did not happen overnight we’re talking decades
for the most part some people that are a little bit genetically predisposed they
have less tolerance they might break the Machine in five years but other people
it probably takes 20 years for the most part to break the Machine if you will so
now let’s come back and talk about some of these criteria so we know that the
problem is too much sugar too much carb driving insulin the cells resisted so
the glucose stays in the bloodstream and we get high blood glucose so people want
to ask when is that coming down it’s gonna vary a lot for some people as soon
as they stop eating sugar if they just don’t put sugar in their mouth for a
week or a couple of weeks then their blood sugar goes down other people have
to be more dramatic they might cut out all sugar they might go into ketosis
they might do fasting and that will bring it down but some people do that
and it still stays high for weeks or even months even if the glucose stays
relatively high even if it’s reading a hundred and fifty hundred and sixty even
170 but you have stopped eating carbohydrate your body is reversing the
process even if it takes months to get there because once you stop putting
carbohydrates and sugar into your system then the body doesn’t have to fight so
hard to get it out so it’s not gonna make more insulin until you eat
something else so we’ve talked about this in some other videos on dawn
Naumann on but the point is that is still the thing that comes down the
fastest whether it happens in days or weeks or months it’s still the thing
that changes the fastest the second fastest thing is your a1c which is a
three to four month average of blood glucose glucose changes by the hour a 1c
changes by the month so even if your blood glucose goes from a hundred and
sixty to ninety almost in a few days almost overnight it’s still gonna take
there’s no point in measuring a1c a week later because it’ll have changed maybe
zero point something but in four to six weeks you’ll see a significant change
and in several months is when you start seeing dramatic differences where you
can get into a normal range that people ask well how long do I have to take
medication and I’m not a medical doctor so I can’t give you advice on medication
but just understand that they gave you the medication because your blood sugar
was too high but once your blood sugar comes down or once you stop putting
sugar into your system you basically don’t need the meds or don’t need as
much but that’s a discussion that you have to take up with your medical doctor
but the need for meds essentially follows the glucose and the a1c
because that’s what the meds are there for to lower glucose and that’s why they
were prescribed because you had a high glucose or in high a 1c but now we’re
getting to insulin and the Homa I are the measurement the blood test to
measure how much insulin how hard does the body have to work how much insulin
does it have to produce to keep the blood level blood glucose level where it
is right now and this is something that takes years decades
remember the glucose only came up at the end once pre-diabetes turned into
diabetes lucasz really shot up that’s at the end
of a 20 year process but now you’ve had 20 years of becoming insulin resistant
so therefore this is going to change very very slowly we’re talking months
for some people who are not so insulin resistant but four people are very
insulin resistant even if you do all the things right you can probably expect it
to take years to truly get that insulin resistance down some people might have
to do fasting for extended fasts three four five days a week maybe two weeks
and every time they do that the insulin levels will drop a little bit but you
might have to do that many many times to get it down into a normal range there
number five cell memory and setpoint so this is more of a conceptual thing that
it’s not something we can measure specifically like where is your set
point but we know that there is such a thing because people’s metabolism change
that if you are burning a certain amount of calories and then you eat fewer
calories but you maintain insulin levels then your body will lower its metabolic
rate it will adjust to try to get back to that setpoint and you will have a
ravenous hunger the body will do everything it can to get back to the
point where it thinks you need to be and we want to think of this as a habit your
cells have habits they develop there’s a certain momentum after you’ve done
something for 20 years there’s a lot of momentum there’s a lot of memory there’s
a lot of habit in the body and these things are good and they’re bad for
someone who has been in really good shape physically for someone who has had
a lot of muscle and then they get out of shape it’s gonna be pretty easy for them
to get back in shape because the body remembers it knows that hey I used to do
that I used to be that but unfortunately the same thing holds true for
being overweight and insulin resistance the body remembers and here we have to
understand that this is going to be years to change this and the longer it’s
been there and the more severe it’s been there the more dramatic and the longer
the more patient we have to be to reverse it there is a very strong
genetic component to insulin resistance that some people are just born into
having an easy time to gain weight for one example the Pima Indians lived in
North America and they had no diabetes but as soon as they were exposed to
processed foods they developed over 50 percent type-2 diabetes so they had a
very strong component so that’s unfortunate if you have the genetics for
it but the good news is that you can still reverse the insulin resistance you
can still develop a lifestyle where you don’t have to have diabetes
the unfortunate thing though is that whatever genes you have they’re yours
you were given them at conception you’ve had them all your life there’s really
nothing that you can do about that you can’t change genetics but you can change
epigenetics you can change how you express those and if you don’t give you
about a sugar then it’s not going to become diabetes so the main theme to
understand there is that there is a huge variation between people but that
there’s still sort of an order between these different criteria so if we look
at insulin resistance on the vertical scale here so if we start off with a lot
of insulin resistance and then we start creating a lifestyle to reverse it then
the first thing that’s going to go is glucose and that’s going to happen
relatively fast that can happen like we said in days or weeks sometimes it’ll
take a little bit longer insulin is going to take longer it’ll be months and
years but then finally if you want to sort of totally reverse insulin
resistance I don’t know that it is 100% reversible I think based
on the setpoint and the cell memory we probably always retain a little bit of
what has been but the longer that we go the more the body sort of forgets that
longer we go without doing something and we have another lifestyle the more the
body replaces the old memory with with the new so there’s no definite time here
but we’re definitely certainly talking gears what if we want to speed it up if
we want this to happen as fast as possible then wherever we are whatever
our personal circumstances are we can still make it happen faster for us by
understanding the order of the powerful tools that we have so the first tool we
have is exercise just putting your body into motion increasing circulation
increasing energy expenditure changing hormones we’ve done lots of videos on
that so understand how to exercise the right way to maximize the good hormones
and to minimize the bad hormones we also talked a lot about cortisol and stress
and we’ve got videos on that but you want to reduce stress if you have a
lifestyle that has a lot of stress you could make cortisol that drive insulin
and blood sugar so if that’s a big factor for you then work on reducing
stress and again learn how to exercise so you minimize stress and maximize the
benefits and these are in order of the power so the further down the list here
we go the the more powerful they become so in this order exercise is the least
powerful your stress reduction is next now we’re getting into the really
powerful ones and that’s a low-carb high-fat diet to teach your body to go
from carbohydrate metabolism to fat-burning metabolism and that’s done
by reducing the carbs in that the primary fuel available is fat
and eventually the body starts using the fat Kido is just a very strict version
of low carb high fat Kido is low carb high fat but low carb high fat isn’t
necessarily Kido Kido is when you put your carbs so low that your body burns
fat and a byproduct of that is something called ketones ketones become brain fuel
they become an alternate fuel for the body and if we can measure ketones then
that’s proof that the body has switched from carbs to fat very significantly
that the vast majority of energy that we’re burning is ketones is fat and
ketones as a by-product and the most powerful tool we have is fasting so we
can start with intermittent fasting or we can do longer fasts I recommend
people do it gradually and look up some of the other videos on fasting in order
of importance you want to exercise you want to reduce stress and cortisol you
want to reduce your carbs get into ketosis and do some fasting that’s how
you make it happen faster but is it even possible to reverse it completely we
have to understand what does it mean to reverse it and that comes back to the
criteria so your medical doctor he’s going to be happy he’s going to consider
it reversed as soon as your glucose and your a1c is normal but does that mean
that you can go back to eating normal that’s a very common question so I’m
doing this now when can I go back to eating normally again so this depends on
what we think normal food is what does that mean the majority of people in the
Western world think that normal is the way that we’ve eaten for the last two
three generations but that is very very different from how we ate the previous
several thousand generations so the way we’ve been eating
normal the standard American diet is not something that you’re ever going to go
back to because that’s the diet that’s the diet full of chemicals and sugar and
processed foods that forced your body into this adaptation in the first place
so if you do something to reverse it to undo the adaptation you can’t go back
and doing the thing that caused the problem in the first place so in that
sense if you think that’s what the goal is then it is not reversible you will
not be able to go back to eat normal what you will be able to do is to eat
real food and maintain a healthy lifestyle so standard American diet is
terrible it has tons of sugar tons of chemical tons of processed foods the
USDA recommendation suggests that you eat whole food that you eat at least 50%
of grains from whole grains and so forth but they still tell you to eat about 300
grams of carbohydrate and based on their recommendations of added sugar no more
than 10% of calories 3 cups of dairy 6 ounces of grain and so on so much fruit
more than half of this 300 grams is actually sugar so even though the USDA
is an improvement on the standard American diet it is not enough it’s not
enough of a change to keep you insulin sensitive after you have reversed this
the USDA diet may work for a very small percentage who are physically active and
who have never developed insulin resistance and for people who lead an
active lifestyle and don’t eat too many meals but it is not recommended I don’t
recommend that and if you have insulin resistance then this will push you
toward more insulin resistance so while it is slightly better than the sad
because it tells people to some of the the soda and the processed
foods it is only slightly better there’s only a nuance difference really between
the standard American diet and the USDA so we have to understand that the food
we have been eating is not going to work you will not go back to that normal
lifestyle because it isn’t normal that’s not food it is fake food it is chemicals
it’s processed foods it’s imposter food it’s frankenfoods
we need to start understanding what what real food is so meat and vegetables some
for some people some beans and tubers roots thinks that that grow on the
planet I think a lot of people will be able to go back to what’s called a low
carb diet that might be about a hundred grams of carbohydrate but you still want
to eat mostly whole food I put a question mark there because that’s not
going to be everybody if you have a stubborn set point and if you have a
genetic predisposition then that’s probably not going to be strict enough I
think most people are going to be able to maintain their insulin sensitivity if
you do these things for a few years and you get your blood values too and your
insulin to where you want it to be I believe you’ll be able to maintain it on
a low carb diet which I think starts around 75 grams of net carbs per day and
for some people again they might start gaining weight they might start
increasing their insulin resistance their home I are even on 75 grams and
then you want to learn how to find the balance in your situation with low carb
high fat keto and how much intermittent fasting do you have to do some people
might be able to do an 18-6 that they eat for six hours a day two or three
meals maybe or to meals and and then it would be Oh
mad one meal a day but whatever it is you have to find out what the balance is
for you and on my previous video somebody commented and said that oh you
throw so many options up there it’s like you’re just throwing enough up there to
see if if something is gonna stick you don’t seem very sure of yourself well
I’m not I’m sure of the principles but no one can say what’s going to work for
you what we’re we fall into the trap where we want someone to do a study and
we want someone to determine the one thing that’s going to work and biology
doesn’t work like that if they do a study and they put people through a
low-carb program and they said that the average weight loss the average
reduction in insulin was 20% that doesn’t mean that everyone had a 20%
reduction that means some people got a 50% reduction and some people got a 20%
increase and you don’t know which one you’re going to be that’s why there is
no one recommendation that’s why they can never do research and find one thing
that’s going to work for everybody because there’s always a range that’s
why we have to understand several different factors and we have to be
patient and we have to understand it’s important that it’s worth it to learn
and develop this lifestyle with trial and errors that we find the balance that
works for us and if you enjoyed this video I think they’re going to love that
one too thank you so much for watching and I’ll
see you in the next video

100 Replies to “How Long Does It Take To Reverse Insulin Resistance?”

  1. If you want to lose weight the best way to lose weight is through low carb, intermittent fasting, and light exercise. Learn more about keto and intermittent fasting:

  2. Thank you for such an informative video. This is the only video that has explained to me the difference between blood sugar, A1C and insulin resistance and the time it takes to reverse each item.

  3. Doing keto on less than 20 carbs a day and IF was doing ok but after a year my HBCa levels have gone up! Had to increase meds so unhappy. Any advise?

  4. One more amazing video! My A1C was 5.2 so my primary care refused to check my insulin. I decided to pay a private physician to do it, the result was an alarming 39.3. With just keto and IF it went down to 27.7 in 90 days. I refused medication after watching your videos. I have a long way to go and your videos are helping me understand the whole process. Thank you very much!

  5. Hi Dr Ekberg, I was running a consistent bp of 165/95 and I thought I was I.R. so I went full keto and do about and 18/6 I.F. schedule. I only weight 120 lbs and am thin. After making so many changes my bp has not changed. I had a Dr. appt and the Doc said that maybe I am sensitive to sodium. I stopped using it and now my bp is btwn 128/89 to about 130/90. This changed immediately. Could you do a video about sodium sensitivty if it’s a thing? Thank you.

  6. HELP…. my MD mentioned "Diabetes LADA – Latent Autoimmune Diabetes'. I cannot find a video in your library as keto may help.

  7. I love your videos and have learned alot. 7.4 starting A1C then went to a 5.4 and now back at 7.0 . Of course I ate icecream and anything I wanted so unfortunately I am starting over. Ugh. I will keep at it.

  8. Will never declare I am non-diabetic again. Even with 5.4 a1c. Will never delude myself. 5.4 with practically no carbs and IF. It isn't what it was before so the past was a lie not what it is now. To go back is to live that lie again

  9. I think you're brilliant, and such a good teacher. Thank you so much for what you do, what you give us in every video. Never mind the critics.

  10. Thank you for another great video! Would you recommend menstruating woman to up their carbs intake within the week leading to the menstrual week? Could this be beneficial for the woman's hormone regulation, without potential metabolic damages? Thanks!

  11. Thank you, very well explained, and understood.your videos are clear, always a pleasure to listen. knowledge is the key!!!

  12. How come Keto diet is raising my blood pressure to a dangerous level. I'm healthy and don't take medications but this is scaring me. I'm getting off Keto diet, I can't risk my life.

  13. Hi Doctor I want to reverse my insulin resistance which I feel I am upon hearing your talks. But I am pregnant this time which is not allowed for me to fast. I am starting Keto but still a bit high any guide please. Thanks

  14. Another very informative video. Thanks.
    Btw, what's the difference, if any, between Hba1c & a1c? And if they are the same thing, what is the relationship to blood glucose levels? Thanks

  15. Dr Ekberg, the information you provide is incredible. Thank you so much. If you're looking for a topic to cover… perhaps a discussion on keto constipation? Thanks again !!

  16. Thank you for your videos. I’m hashi hypo. Fasting, just trying to lose 20 lbs, but it has been a real struggle. I know my issue is stress and cortisol related, but I’m trying to reduce my stress and learn how to relax.

  17. To me Keto is not a diet its' a lifestyle. I've only been on Keto for a few months and I am diabetic and have been since my early 30's and it runs heavily on both sides of my family. Since being on Keto I haven't felt this good since my 20's….I have more energy, my sugar cravings have stopped, my blood sugars are better and I've lost about 8lbs. I know I have extreme insulin resistance and that's why I haven't lost more but I'm not focused on that I'm focused on getting healthy and the rest will come.

  18. Another great video. Thanks for your efforts in making these videos. If it is possible, please make videos about aging slow down process.

  19. Thank you, Dr. Ekberg for one more interesting video!
    I've been thinking recently about frequency of eating. As far as I understood it is not good to eat very frequently. I have a problem with this because I tend to eat something small often in the evenings and another issue is that I often get interrupted during meals. For example, I start eating then something happens that makes me stop, and I come back to finish my meal 20-30 minutes later or sometimes even an hour. In this case I should count it as if I had eaten twice? Will blood glucose will rase twice? Also if I taste food during cooking does it also raise blood sugar? Thank you!

  20. Thank you for your videos…i have pcod and probably insulin resistance from my puberity age as i was having mental fog and lot of symptoms of insulin resistance…can also put some light on amylin and how zinc can improve insulin reaistance…i am feeling more better after starting kn zinc

  21. I love the way you think and talk, thanks. I'm insulin resistant, I'm doing low carb and keto, and intermiting fasting for about a year, I'm very happy with the results. I lost 25 lbs and my glucose is getting better and better in the morning. Fasting is critical for me, it saves my live. It is not something that happened over night.. I remember when I was around 11 years old I was a little over weight, and I decided not to eat breakfast and I went back to my normal weight in a few months. Thanks

  22. Hey Dr. Ekberg, I'm trying to do Keto so I get get back into my soccer shape and get my six pack back. I'm 35 years old, male, about 180 lbs roughly 16-18% body fat. I have been doing a Low Carb diet for several months on and off as well as exercising on and off and consistently doing IF. Usually I would do 16-8 IF. I don't smoke, drink (anything other than water), and have a very healthy lifestyle. Not sure about my stress but I don't believe it's very high. What else can I do?

  23. And you still get "health gurus" who promote frequent meals throughout the day to maintain insulin levels, lol

  24. It is insane . . . When it comes to Insulin Resistance, the Internet Doctors are more tuned in, than the Doctors at the clinic. Shocking!!

  25. Raw milk fast has it's limits. After 21 days I had to eat some beef. I gain 12lbs of weight. I did this with Garlic trying to heal from gut problems. My red eyes cleared up. I was getting really bad red eyes on meat only. To much protein? Two gallons of milk a day and some burgers and salmon. Getting bigger all round growing. I think I'll do a gallon of milk away along with some beef.

  26. Maybe you should have explained more on the A1c test.

    It's a test of how gluconated the blood (glucose is stuck onto/into the haemoglobin is and the fact that all blood is replaced after 3 to 4 months) and how that replacement is going.

  27. If you please Doctor, make some videos about Diabetes type 1. All doctors said -for this type of diabetes – almost the opposite of what you said. They recommend to eat 6 meals a day, They recommend eat carbs, less, but still say they should do that as insulin is already injected in their bodies. I need to take care of my mum. Thanks in advance. Also want to add that your videos are really Amazing .

  28. I love your videos, your so great a teacher! I have a problem, what is an appropriate order to watch videos? I watched 80 in a few days but most people I want to refer…need an order of basics, med., adv., expert… Is there some way you could post a recommended order?

  29. thanks dr , does lemon ginger and warm water break fast ???? and what about ashwaganda , chlorophil, sperulina they break fast too???many thanks

  30. I’m thankful for this vlog. This particular episode I found very encouraging as my struggles to lower my A1C hit a wall & actually started going back up. I will persevere thanks in large part to this video.

  31. Your videos are wonderful…thank you…Question: I am on a beta blocker to control my high blood pressure…I love to exercise everyday…I ride my row bike for one hour per day…aerobic for sure…how can I do HIIT…the beta blocker keeps my heart rate very low, am I still getting the benefits from HIIT even with the fact I cannot get my heart rate very high???

  32. Many Thanks Dr. Sten for all your explanation per detail with your chalkboard learning a lot im doing keto for only 1 week but i feel the lightness in my body and very fit, maybe my next Dr. consultation my AC1 will be lowered.

  33. What about metabolic flexibility? I somethimes eat carbs, not because i need them but i am scared to loose this famous metabolic flexibility beeing always in ketosis

  34. I'm fighting this horrendous disease currently, and I have a genetic disposition to it, I have no thyroid, and I came from a very nutrient depleted diet (poor family) that ate a lot of processed foods and I never had a steak until I was a grown married woman….so, even though I had 4 children and was relatively thin and active for 40 years, once menapause hit, I was hit hard with diabetes type 2 and have been fighting it and its effects of bad hair, nails, candida, fatty liver, IBS etc for almost 10 years now. The keto diet and now I have moved on to almost all carnivore diet is the only thing that has worked for me. My triglicerides have gone down 400 points, I have lost 10 lbs, and I'm getting my sugar down to almost normal (with the help of insulin still). I would LOVE to never have to take another insulin shot, but that is probably not going to happen, as I'm 61 now and fighting an uphill battle. I hope to be able to eat some vegtables, I do love a salad, but right now just the 60 points it raises my glucose level too is not worth it (maybe next year). I was a vegan for 8 months and I gained so much weight and inflammation I was not myself the brain fog, fatigue and depression was debilitating, and since I have been on keto that all went away. A few tips, I got a cpap machine which helps me sleep 8 hours a night (very important, you will not lose weight or get better without straight sleep for at least 7 hours), dont bring THAT bad food into the house, your cravings will subside as you stop eating bad food. My husband doesn't want to see me get any sicker so he didn't fight me on this. We only eat meat and a few things like low carb yogurt and keto bars for snacks. I still have some veg for him, but he doesn't even like veg so he is happy. If he needs a cheat meal he gets it on a lunch at work, or goes out with adult son for a meal (I don't go, I don't want the temptation). This can be done, you have to realize it is a long long long road to getting better, I think in my case it will take at least another year to lose another 10 lbs, and hopefully take less insulin also. Everyone is different, metabollic syndrome is personal and the fight is personal. Get educated so when you are challenged on your diet you can direct the nosey's to your research. You are a food alcoholic, and you have to get control by not getting triggered.

  35. Very good video! Information is in a very easy to understand format. I also like the honesty about the timelines involved in the process. I'm 2yrs in keto and will be for the rest of my life.

  36. I've been diabetic for 10 years and I was taking 3 different meds a day and my A1C kept going up. I didn't want to go on insulin, so I started search for my own answers. In April I found YouTube – Dr. Jason Fong and listened to his long discussions in reversing Diabetes and started eating meals with no breads, pastas, or anything with sugar. I subsequently found your channel and find it so much easier to follow. You pack alot of information in a relatively short period of time. In May my A1C was 7.9 and we had to reschedule our Dr. Appt till the end of July at which time I explained to my Dr what I was doing and he did another test and my A1C went down to 6.4. His words were WOW. I am trying the Keto/low carb diet and IF and my weight loss has been slow, but for me it is more about reversing my A1C. You are correct that everyone's experience is different. Thank you for all the understandable information that you have given those of us who are searching for a natural healthy way of healing.

  37. I just want to say that I agree 100% with your presentation. I have watched 100's of hours of videos and many books and papers on lchf, keto, fasting. I have come to the same conclusions as you mention. Everyone is unique and will need to investigate how their body performs and adapts. Yes, it may seem like work sometimes.

  38. Eliminate being around negative or bad human beings, then Address and start dealing with childhood Neuor-Conflicts, that are typically created by the ones who bore and raised you up to about 3, start eating right, exercise properly, stretch properly, get proper sleep, put down and limit the TV, PHONE, TABLET, COMPUTER… and traction the spine and joints (similar to stretching but more like using incline therapy or a puls traction machine), see your Chiropractor… all on a regular basis. Then, keep move forward with life/thinking, in a way that you start looking at the things we have in life and how lucky we are to have the chance to move forward…


    Then, when you accomplish this, PLEASE, write a book so that I can read it! ; ) but be happy ALONG THE JOURNEY OF LIFE…We all don't need to be a millionaire, who by the way have lots more stresses and not as satisfying of a life at all.

    be happy, we live in the best times in the History of the World as we know it…

  39. you are so calm and clear about your all knowledge, like the mystics of the Himalayas whom I have ever gotten the chance to meet in person ever , would like to see you sometime and btw I have almost successfully managed my Type 2 diabetes (dependent on 3 drugs metformin, glimepiride and linagliptin) with stable blood glucose around 100 both fasting and pp and left all medications behind in just 1 week though IF and Ketogenic diet … can't thank you enough love and respect from India

  40. My doctor told me to eat a low fat diet to reduce the chance of heart disease due to my high cholesterol and sensitivity to statins. Type 2 diabetes runs in my family and I think I have insulin resistance, I haven't eaten sugary food, processed carbs or fatty foods in years, mostly lentils, fruits and nuts, sometimes fish. You say to eat a high fat diet. So what do I eat to help both the genetic high cholesterol and genetic insulin resistance?

  41. Dr. S .. on heredity, you inherit your genes. – But you also inherit habits, religious ( or non- ) practices, cooking & eating habits / traditions .. and maternal parasites. The point being , your " heredity " is not necessarily permanent. I think time / personal research will tell that inherited parasites / flora can have a great influence on the subject at hand. Fasting , herbal cleanses and refurbishing good flora is important . Especially when enforced by religious practice. The opposite is also true . Large "food orgy' style pot-lucks ( after Service ) are just the opposite of what religious cleansing / self control would yield in benefit. Parasites can have great negative effect on organ function(s). Our grandparents were not stupid. Religious practices are not superstition.

  42. Fyi…I had to come off all meds in the 1st week for glucose. I mean my sugar became so low it made me sick. Once I did my sugar level shot up for a little bit. Within a couple weeks it started to become normal. I'm so excited. It does still fluctuate even if I eat no carbs. So it isn't totally back to normal yet. I was over 400lbs, down 50lbs now, so as I burn fat those stored sugars and carbs are delivered back to my system and have to be dealt with. HOWEVER! Happy dance! A1c was 5.4 last time! Major happy dance! Going for even better! 😍

  43. Dr. Ekberg… I do think you have some of the very best videos as you explain everything so clearly… I have been on Keto & Carnivore protocols for most all of the past eleven months… I did a seven-day water fast in early Summer as well. I tried various amounts of fats with the carnivore protocol to see what could work for me. I do not go into ketosis at all even on Zero carb protocol that I did for three full months. My worst side-effect was never-ending diarrhea. In all that time I did not lose any significant weight… only about 5 pounds…I need to lose about 40% of my body weight to get to a normal weight, so now I am on day two of an extended water-only fast… In years past I have done 21 day and 30 day water fasts, so I do feel confident in fasting. I did develop insulin resistance and Pre-diabetes with weight gain after losing my child… I just went to food for comfort in my grief, but it has been a few years now… I don't want to continue living with obesity and finally have the strength to embark on this extended fast that I have been trying to start for most of this year… Thank you for your wonderful videos…

  44. Dr. Eckberg, I am just under 5' tall and weighted about 105 when I started the 16 hour intermittent fasting and keto diet the first part of June, 2019. I have done well, after a slow start-having eaten many carb laden foods over my life time-75 years! Anyway, I am down to 97 lbs. and don't want to lose any more weight. I can't seem to come up with foods that will hold my weight steady and still continue with good blood sugars and the feeling that my inflammation is coming down. Any advice on what I could add to my diet to increase calories without increasing insulin? Or inflammation. Thank you.

  45. I was probably a normal weight or even think at 5-6 then it shot up in 1-2 years. I learned a lot in my 20s but it didn't take off until I started IK/keto at 40.

  46. Dr. Ekberg:

    Some who train and subscribe to a keto diet seem to claim that you need a "carb day" once every 2-4 weeks, because one cannot train hard if all carb reserves are depleted. Is this actually the case?

  47. @dr Sten
    Could make a video about Primary and second Insulin? That one that is released from the Pancreas that is stored already.

  48. I’m 52 and new to this way of thinking/eating. I have noticed great results in a 2 week period. Love the videos and I have subscribed.

  49. I feel like I'm insulin resistent I had a baby 17 months ago and I feel terrible. The endocrinologist checked my proinsulin it was 1.9 range 0 to 10 a1c 5.2 ? Would that be insulin resistent

  50. Wonderful video! You really answered many of the things I was wondering about reversing diabetes!. Thank you so much Dr. Ekberg for being straight forward

  51. Thank you for this easy to understand info. The thumbs down people MUST be people who don’t want to face the truth. Possibly people who are so addicted to the SAD that they don’t want to change their ways. I get it. It’s sad but true.

  52. I've been following your lead for two months and have lost 25Lbs, fasting glucose from 130 to 99, A1c from 6.2 to 5.6, BP is also much improved. Tremendous results! The question is when should I start considering shedding some of my meds (i.e. Metformin). Does metformin interfere with the natural process?

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