A couple days ago, on Saturday, I had a regularly scheduled appointment with my Endocrinologist. I see him every 2 months, and it was time for a visit. His name is Dr. Ho.
It just so happened that I was on my last day of the 10 Day Fast when I saw him, and I was a bit unsure how that was going to go over.
I told Dr. Ho in December 2016 that it was my intention to be completely off of Insulin and all Diabetes medication by the end of 2017, one year to do it. He told me it was impossible. He felt that we could do things to minimize the need for insulin and medication, but there would never be a day when I did not need anything anymore. When he said that I told him that I am stubborn about reaching my goals, and if I set a goal I usually achieved it.
Dr. Ho had seen in the past year that my blood sugar levels were quite low for a diabetic, and he always warned me that he expected that I would be experiencing hypoglycemic episodes and that he would prefer if my blood sugar was a little higher.
So, I last saw him in January, 2017. Since then there have been a lot of changes in my health. I went back to being very strict on my LCHF diet, and then in mid February I started doing Intermittent Fasting. In mid-March I started a 10 day longer term fast. I also stopped using all insulin and other diabetes medication on February 16. What would he think about all of this?
When I entered Dr. Ho’s office on Saturday he asked me how I was doing. I told him that I was doing great, and I expected that we were going to have a very interesting discussion. He looked at me in a puzzled way and asked me what I meant. I explained to him everything that has been going on in my life and the health related accomplishments that I have done since seeing him last. I was not sure what would come next, it could be very bad or very good.
It was GREAT
Dr. Ho was shocked at all of the changes, and he was very happy. He also noted that I had lost about 24 pounds since last seeing him, even before I had a chance to mention that to him.
He started about fasting, and told me he was a big supporter of fasting. I asked him that if he was a big supporter of fasting, why he had not suggested it to me previously. He replied that “Probably only 1% of people can do it, so I don’t promote it that much.” Makes sense. I feel, though, that fasting is very easy if done correctly. Getting your body into ketosis before fasting takes the hunger almost completely away.
Anyway, our conversation went on and on for a long time. I mentioned to him that one of my other doctors was lecturing me about ketoacidosis and did not seem to understand that ketosis and ketoacidosis were completely different things (almost opposite of each other). Dr. Ho confirmed that my understanding of the two was completely correct and that I had a very good understanding of the concept.
Dr. Ho even advised me that I was free to fast for as long as I wish, as long as I felt OK. He suggested that I could safely fast for even much longer than the 10 days that I recently completed. He said that fasting and LCHF in combination was certainly having dramatic positive effects on my body.
I was so happy!
Unless anything comes up out of the usual, I will be seeing Dr. Ho again around the end of May. Should be another interesting visit, I believe!