This post was originally published at blog.mycircadianclock.org

This is the story of how I helped my dad with his diabetes. After reversing my own pre-diabetes and drawing on research from circadian rhythm biology, I made a recommendation to my dad that went against his doctor’s advice — to reduce his dose of long-acting insulin and make up for it with short-acting insulin. This turned out to be the linchpin that helped him achieve lower blood sugar levels.

Previous attempts to manage my dad’s diabetes

My dad has had type 2 diabetes (T2D) for 30 years, and previous attempts to modify…


A recent study described a group of type 1 diabetic (T1D) patients that have achieved normal blood sugar levels by using a low carbohydrate diet [1]. No therapeutic interventions to date, with the exception of islet transplants, have achieved normal blood sugar levels on a cohort-wide basis. Here, I summarize the data from this low carbohydrate study, highlight the significance of the results, and include a note of caution around implementing this type of diet.

Background

Link between carbohydrates and blood sugar level

Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar levels. Either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin…


This post was originally published at blog.mycircadianclock.org

I’m a scientist who has studied both type 1 and type 2 diabetes at Harvard University. I thought I knew a great deal about the disease, and how to stay healthy, until I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Here, I describe my experience using time-restricted eating to reverse this condition.

Finding out I was pre-diabetic

During a particularly stressful period in my life, I found myself eating more in the evenings; soon thereafter I found out I was pre-diabetic, through a chance reading on my dad’s glucose meter. I was 34 years old, my…


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Nimet Maherali, Ph.D.

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