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  • FMD while taking Statins

    I want to try the Prolon FMD. My cardiologist doesn't support fasting. I am diabetic and have a stent, I am taking Aspirin, BP med, blood thinners, atorvastatin, and Metformin. Is FMD safe for people who are taking these drugs?

  • #2
    I don't know if you will get a response from Dr. Brewer because answering your question might be construed as medical advice. In general, no there should not be a problem with fasting for a person taking those medications. The Prolon FMD is not total fasting per se, it is Fasting Mimicking. It is hard to say more without knowing what your cardiologist's objection to fasting was specifically going to cause you a problem. Perhaps you recently had a heart attack and the cardiologist feels like fasting might be too stressful right now, or maybe the cardiologist doesn't understand the difference between a water fast and the Prolon FMD.


    • #3
      Thanks. Longo’s very careful to advise people to see a doc, especially if you’re taking something that might lower glucose (Metformin). I didn’t stopp mine. But I’ve been on it for years. It’s simplest & safest to just stop the Metformin while doing it.


      • #4
        Thanks all.


        • #5
          Where did you end up on this?


          • #6
            I am on Day 4 of FMD and my blood glucose upon waking up this morning was 84, I am afraid to continue as my BG keeps dropping. Normally my BG is around 350 when I am not taking meds, with the meds I take (Metformin, Tradjenta) my BG is around 120. I stopped taking the meds a day before I started FMD and haven't taken them since. I am doing the DIY FMD, which is 2 avocados and 2 green drinks a day. I think I should have some crackers today?


            • #7
              If you have concerns, you should stop your fast and talk with a professional.


              • #8
                FMD Day 5, morning BG 84 again. Yesterday, I added two crackers to each meal (48g Carb), around bedtime at 11pm my BG was 98. I didn't feel comfortable going to sleep with this low BG so I had 2 more crackers with a little cheese and a handful of walnuts, all together on day 4, I had about 1,000 calories and a 100g of carbs. This morning I was still in moderate ketosis (I am using ketostix). According to the scale, I've lost 4 pounds and my BMI went from 30 to 29.4 (sounds too good to be true). I am happy with the results.

                Is 84 BG too low or am I being paranoid? I am not used to this low BG values.
                Last edited by Taz; 08-29-2019, 10:23 AM.


                • #9
                  No, 84 mg/dL for blood glucose is not too low when in a fasted state. That is about the optimum level as long as your body can control your blood glucose level in a fasted state and it doesn't dip lower and cause hypoglycemia.


                  • #10
                    I agree with Tom.
                    The 80s are a good level for glucose maintenance. That's doing exactly what it should.