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1 Why is My Blood Sugar High? Seth Roberts Tsinghua University & UC Berkeley

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5 Blood Sugar Measurement First QS = home blood glucose measurement Started by Richard Bernstein (who had Type 1 diabetes) in 1960s He achieved much better blood sugar control Now standard for diabetics

6 Blood Sugar Measurement Tools

7 “Fasting” Blood Sugar 8-12 hours without food <100 = “normal”, = “prediabetic”, 126 or more = diabetes I believe best = low 80s In big U.S. study, mean = 105 Strong correlation with HbA1c

8 “Fasting” Blood Sugar 8-12 hours without food <100 = “normal”, = “prediabetic”, 126 or more = diabetes I believe best = low 80s In big U.S. study, mean = 105 Strong correlation with HbA1c

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11 Can I Reduce My Fasting Blood Sugar? After reducing carbs, didn’t know what else to do. Already did regular aerobic exercise

12 How to Reduce Fasting Blood Sugar? Online Answers “I exercise 3 times/week but my fasting blood sugar is Why is this happening when I am not consuming carbs and sugar?” Answer 1: “Quit taking blood sugar test so often.” Answer 2: “There's no 'trick' to lowering blood sugar that you haven't already tried.” Answer 3: “These numbers are OK.” Answer 4: “You are TOTALLY NORMAL.”

13 How to Reduce Fasting Blood Sugar? Online Answers “I exercise 3 times/week but my fasting blood sugar is Why is this happening when I am not consuming carbs and sugar?” Answer 1: “Quit taking blood sugar test so often.” Answer 2: “There's no 'trick' to lowering blood sugar that you haven't already tried.” Answer 3: “These numbers are OK.” Answer 4: “You are TOTALLY NORMAL.”

14 How to Reduce Fasting Blood Sugar? Online Answers “I exercise 3 times/week but my fasting blood sugar is Why is this happening when I am not consuming carbs and sugar?” Answer 1: “Quit taking blood sugar test so often.” Answer 2: “There's no 'trick' to lowering blood sugar that you haven't already tried.” Answer 3: “These numbers are OK.” Answer 4: “You are TOTALLY NORMAL.”

15 Effect of Walking on Blood Sugar

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21 Intermittent Fasting 2012 BBC TV show Eat Fast and Live Longer Emphasized IGF (insulin growth factor) improvement Best-selling book The FastDiet. Advises 2 fast days/week. Lots of supporting research

22 Intermittent Fasting 2012 BBC TV show Eat Fast and Live Longer Emphasized IGF (insulin growth factor) improvement Best-selling book The FastDiet. Advises 2 fast days/week. Lots of supporting research

23 Intermittent Fasting: My Friend’s Experience Started 9 months ago eating every other day – Same amount & type of food, different timing – Hungry first fast day, easy after that. Feels strong hunger for first time on non-fast day – Three different food/digestive problems went away So I tried it

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26 Intermittent Fasting: Other Effects No unpleasant hunger, not hard at all No problem not eating while others eat If anything, feel more energetic Save 1-2 hours/day Weight loss No sleep change

27 Intermittent Fasting: Other Effects No unpleasant hunger, not hard at all No problem not eating while others eat If anything, feel more energetic Save 1-2 hours/day Weight loss No sleep change

28 Q. I know fasting is healthy. What’s new? Blood sugar much easier to measure than other measures that improve, such as IGF Fast clear improvement Blood sugar measurements can determine details of fast (how often, how much) Intermittent fasting rarely proposed to cure high blood sugar

29 Q. I know fasting is healthy. What’s new? Blood sugar much easier to measure than other measures that improve, such as IGF Fast clear improvement Blood sugar measurements can determine details of fast (how often, how much) Intermittent fasting rarely proposed to cure high blood sugar

30 Conclusions Expect to do this rest of my life Worth trying for Type 2 Diabetes


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