We need your stories!
Tell us your low-carb and fasting success stories.
Dr. Jason Fung is collecting success stories for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and we need your help to collect as many low-carb and fasting stories as possible.We’re looking for the following information from participants:
- A before and after photo
- Name, contact email
- Medications before and after fasting
- Weight before and after fasting
If you’re willing to share your story, please send your information to info@IDMprogram.com.
(Please note: Your stories will not be shared in any other media without your permission. We’re collecting this information strictly for the ADA submission.)
We’d like to receive your stories as soon as possible! The deadline for submissions is March 30 at 12:00 AM EST.
This week, Dr. Fung takes a look at Insulin Resistance.
Fasting & Fertility
IDM Educator Nadia Pateguana talks PCOS and fertility.
My name is Nadia Pateguana and I’m one of the IDM Educators. My focus has always been on diet and Metabolic Syndrome.
I started Low-Carb 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and couldn’t get pregnant; and then fasting five years ago after my second pregnancy!
Becoming an IDM Educator allows me to use my personal and professional experience to help thousands of people. But I also learn from my clients – as much, if not more than they learn from me. I bring this learning experience to my groups. Like the other Educators, I can empathize because I, too, have been through it, and follow this way of life, personally and professionally.
Like many of you, some of the IDM Educators have struggled with PCOS. I started following a Low-Carb diet 10 years ago when, after getting off the birth control pill, I could not successfully conceive. I was diagnosed with PCOS and was prescribed fertility treatments. I decided to try a Low Carb Diet and now have two daughters: one eight and the other five. After the second baby, I started implementing fasting consistently as well.
The many manifestations of PCOS including acne, hirsutism, central obesity, irregular periods and ovulation, infertility, depression and anxiety.
PCOS is an insulin-resistant condition and one of the most common endocrine (hormonal) condition affecting women in their reproductive years. Not only is it extremely debilitating, but women with PCOS are at a much greater risk for the development of all other Metabolic Syndrome associated conditions such as obesity, diabetes, CVD and cancer, to name but a few.
As Dr. Fung has said in our PCOS blogs: “If the problem is too much insulin, the solution then, is to lower insulin.” The most effective way to do this is to choose foods that are going to have the lowest insulin response and to fast for appropriate periods of time.
When women follow a low carb diet and intermittently fast appropriately they not only lose weight, but can regulate their menstrual cycles, often conceive and then have a much healthier pregnancy and baby.”
We have a specific course and many blog posts on PCOS in our resources.
The first IDM Retreat!
Last week, IDM announced it’s first-ever fasting retreat in Kailua Kona, Hawai’i!
Running from Monday, April 22 to the morning of Monday, April 29, guests will be guided through a four-day water fast in a spacious, private home, surrounded by the beauty of this incredible Pacific island. IDM health educators Terri Lance and Rachel Primo will be facilitating the retreat, supporting the guests in this group fasting experience.
If you’re interested, you can find more information here and please reach out to terri@IDMprogram.com if you have any questions!