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In a recent episode of the “Diary of a CEO” podcast hosted by Steven Bartlett, Dr. Jason Fung, popularly known as The Fasting Doctor, delved into an insightful discussion on how individuals can naturally reverse insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Highlighting the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, Dr. Fung emphasized the role of dietary changes in combating the health condition that has seen a significant increase since the 1970s parallel to the surge in obesity.

Type 2 diabetes, accounting for over 90% of adult diabetes cases in the UK, is characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from insufficient insulin production or the body’s cells resisting insulin. Early symptoms can be subtle, making detection challenging, and if left untreated, it can lead to severe health complications.

Dr. Fung shed light on the promising potential of reversing type 2 diabetes by altering one’s diet, asserting that it is primarily a dietary disease. Acknowledging the historical reliance on drugs for treatment, he emphasized the need to address the core problem through dietary interventions.

The doctor detailed the benefits of intermittent fasting and reducing carbohydrate intake as effective strategies for preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes. Dr. Fung cited Dr. David Unwin’s data, indicating a 50% success rate in achieving drug-free remission by reducing carbohydrates. He emphasized the significant positive impact on individuals at risk of various health issues, ranging from cancer to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, and infections.

Discussing intermittent fasting, Dr. Fung explained its effectiveness in utilizing blood glucose, leading to improvements in diabetes. Different forms of intermittent fasting, such as the 5:2 diet, 16:8 plan, alternate day fasting, and 24-hour fasting, were explored, with a cautionary note to consult a doctor before embarking on such dietary changes.

The discussion also touched on the potential triggering of autophagy, a cellular process that removes damaged cells, through intermittent fasting. Additionally, cutting down on carbohydrates, backed by the American Diabetes Association, was emphasized as a crucial step in reversing type 2 diabetes, with fasting playing a role in burning off excess sugar.

Dr. Fung highlighted foods detrimental to diabetics, including refined carbohydrates and added sugars, while advocating for a diet rich in whole, unprocessed, non-starchy vegetables and emphasizing the importance of making informed dietary choices to manage and potentially reverse type 2 diabetes.

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