• 15 days ago

    Intermittent fasting and medication

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Tal and I weigh about 200 lbs, with a target weight of 165 lbs. toward this end I have begun a regiment of intermittent fasting, and I feel good and am confident of success (I am, however, very much open to critiques and learning about other methods and viewpoints).

    I do have a bit of a problem: I take 4 different kinds of medication, one of which is absolutely essential, and is still being tested in clinical trials (ABL001, a tyrosine-kinase inhibitor used to treat Chronic myelogenous leukemia).

    I have two questions: 1) Do all drugs have an effect on your insulin levels? I want to eat foods with a low-insulin index, and I’d like know if any of the drugs I take might cause an increase in insulin levels. 2) Does taking medication outside my 9-hour eating window count as breaking the fast? I take ABL001 at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm every day, and my oncologist says I have to fast for 2 hours before and 1 hour after (currently, I start my fast at 3:30 pm, take ABL001 at 5:30 pm, and I don’t eat anything until 6:30 am the next day—1 hour after I take ABL001 the next morning.) Does this mean I am fasting for 15 hours?

    I take Bezafibrate and Rosuvastatin at 12:00 pm each day, during my Eating Window, but I take Sertraline at 8:00 pm each day, during my fast. Same question as above: does taking Sertraline count as breaking the fast?

    Thank you so much for reading this overlong post and for any tips or suggestions you might offer!

    Tal