Fasting and Blood Glucose

Brad Pilon, author of Eat Stop Eat, raised an interesting issue having to do with blood glucose during a fast. Coincidentally, I read that while near the end of a fast, having just come from the gym and a heavy workout. I tested myself at 114 gm/dL, which is higher that I was testing before at any old time during the day (100-105, usually). Hmm... 28 hours into a fast, and after a series of heavy weight lifting. Isn't the conventional "wisdom" that fasting is bad because your blood sugar lowers too much; and by all means, "you don't want to exercise." After all, Zeus didn't make us like he made virtually all the other animals, who engage in their most strenuous activity of hunting when they're really, really hungry. Right? So, on my next 30-hr fast a few days later, I decided to check BG right before I left for the gym, at about 25 hours into the fast. I measured 77, which is a very predictable result (normal BG is 70-140 mg/dL, in spite of what the pill pushers say) during a fast. I had an intense routine, but not nearly so much as the previous time. So,...


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I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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