Intermittent fasting diabetic taking Metformin & Glicazaride

by Elijah Mohammed Andy Davies


I am diabetic and presently taking Metformin and Glicazaride, but also doing lots of Intermittent fasting every day of the week.

ANSWER: Hello,

From what you are reporting, you are taking Metformin and Gliclazide to manage diabetes. I think the right term is Gliclazide instead of Glicazaride.

Metformin is commonly used to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Gliclazide is a sulfonylurea that stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin. You should take these medications as prescribed by your doctor.

Intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. It can potentially have benefits for people with diabetes, such as improving insulin sensitivity and helping with weight management.

However, you should approach fasting with caution and under medical supervision, especially if you're on diabetes medication.

While fasting, regularly monitor your blood sugar levels. This will help you and your caring doctor understand how fasting affects your body and adjust your medication or fasting schedule if necessary.

Staying well-hydrated is important during fasting periods. Dehydration can affect blood sugar levels and overall health.

When you break your fast, choose nutritious, balanced meals.

Pay attention to your body's signals. If you experience low blood sugar symptoms while fasting, such as dizziness, sweating, or shakiness, it's important to break your fast immediately.

Depending on how your blood sugar levels respond to intermittent fasting, your doctor may need to adjust your medication dosage.

Do not make changes to your medication without professional guidance.

In addition to medication and fasting, remember that a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management, and adequate sleep plays a significant role in managing diabetes.

These factors can complement your medication and fasting efforts.

Hope this helps.

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