At 2:53, I should have said “insulin”, not “sugar”. Sorry. High insulin is diabetes. This can occur even with normal blood sugars forced down with medications.

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ziandra zadora · June 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm

Greatly Greatly Greatly appreciate this video. Thank u Thank u Thank u. U have no idea how helpful this is. U just totally eased my mind completely. I have been keto 3 years and in the past year I have had some difficulty with fat gain. Trying to figure out what is going on. I have been also training with weights 5 days a week very rigerously and never missing a session. First year for me was amazing my body transformed incredibly lost the fat and gained muscle and definition. Now I'm just treading water and trying to figure out what is going on. I never cheat. I train a lot and hard it is making me wonder if all the training has cought up to me negatively. I don't know. 7 days ago I stopped training to see if this is part of the cause. Mentally very dificult. I have been watching endless videos and podcasts on keto. U r so so right they all focus on how bad insulin spiking is I have gotten so cought up in this and now I know it has been to my detrement. Because they all sat if u r keto optimal BS is 4.7 and I achieve this number post exercise but all other times I am mostly at 5.2 and here I was thinking I need to decrease my BS. Also if I drink butter in coffee I can achieve it. So I got cought up in this cycle of increasing my fat just to bring down BS but then I noticed that I was getting soft and flaby. Now I will not do this any longer. This week I have cosumed protein first thing in am with my coffee and felt great also noticed more definition on my arms. Later again when I ate protein again for dinner I felt leaner and more defined. Now I understand fully I do not need to fear the protein. And do not need to increase my fat just to bring down BS. Thank u Thank u . This has just confirmed my experimenting. It is so true how people get on a band wagon and just repeat themselfs and stay on one side of the story. Thank u for seeing the other side of the story. I love you're videos. It is from u also that I came to understand the ratios and to add the carbs and protein together. In 3 years I did not hear it anywhere else.

itay mitra · June 13, 2017 at 11:02 pm

As always brilliant and so informative,,,,thanks a lot,,,

claus · June 14, 2017 at 1:01 am

hi dr. schmidt. I love to yew gum during the day. i changed from supermarket-ones to a brand with xylitol only, however, even those sugaralcohols seem to have an insulin-effect. My question is now: is it reasonable to consume those, or better skip them to let the insulin-spike after eating lower continuously down? May gums prevent or slow down the insulin-downgoing? greetings from german 🙂

Norma Jean Shepherd · June 14, 2017 at 2:07 am

love, love your videos! Thankyou for all your yachting Dr. Schmidt♡♡

Rui Jesus · June 14, 2017 at 8:28 am

Hi Dr. Darren Schmidt,
why low level unhealthy increase, fasting insulin crips up over time?
Thank you very much.

Happy Camper · June 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

Dr Darren…how long does it take to get a phone/Skype appointment with you? Is there a
long wait? Thanks for all of the awesome info !

brandonlasvegas · June 14, 2017 at 8:59 am


Pratim Putatunda · June 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

Dr. Darren Schmidt What about the DAWN PHENOMENON? Doesn't one's body naturally produce glucose in the morning, and wouldn't that spike insulin, even in a fasted state? Also, exercise does the same thing in a fasted state? So you don't necessarily need to EAT to spike insulin, do you?

Jimvesterstallone · June 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Dr. Schmidt, I'm slightly confused and I so want to understand this. Your video indicates that it is good to spike insulin, just infrequently. Otherwise you may get a different form of insulin resistance, as you show on your chart. This makes total sense to me. And in other videos, you also say that we should not be in ketosis all of the time; we should go in and out. Now it's making more sense why that is. So thank you!

My questions are:

Does the spike in insulin caused by consuming protein once or twice a day take you out of ketosis just during those times, and then your body goes right back into ketosis during fasting times of the day?

How often should (and can) one go in and out of ketosis to maintain insulin sensitivity, once keto adapted? Are you recommending that we do so just by consuming protein a few times a day, or should we have occasional higher carb/protein *days as well?

Thank you for clarifying if you have the time!!! I love your videos and have so many saved in my "IMPORTANT" playlist…among them, this one.

Christ IsLord · June 15, 2017 at 6:36 am

I feel like your opening statement was directed towards another specific dr on youtube

ido shapira · June 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

Don't know who could give a thumbs down?

vindana100 · June 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Hi Dr. Schmidt, Thank you for the video. Does it means I should NOT juice fast (feast) and instead I should include proteins 1-2 meals a day to loose weight/fat? If anybody can answer I really appreciate it.

John Choi · June 16, 2017 at 1:48 am

Dr Darren Schmidt
how can I make my teeth white without going to the dentist, using chimical products and toothpaste?
can you make a video about teeth?

Jimvesterstallone · June 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm

Is it possible that when researchers say "insulin spiking" is bad, they are referring to really jacking it up high with an overload of sugar and refined foods, distinguishing that level on the chart from the healthy and normal but still substantial "rise in insulin" that comes from eating a meal of protein? Is there a difference in terms of the *height of that insulin peak when you eat seven donuts with a can of soda, for example, vs. when you eat a quality meal? I have heard that certain protein foods can produce a rise in insulin greater than bread. But isn't it true that overeating either in one sitting will produce a more substantial and unwanted "spike" vs. just a "rise," and maybe that height is what researchers are concerned about avoiding? I'm wondering if the term "spiking" might hold a different connotation from person to person, or could I truly pick between eating an ice cream cone or a large steak, and you are saying the extent in rise of my insulin would be the same consuming either. Part of me wants you to say yes, both are a healthy spike if done once in a while, because I would really love to have an ice cream cone once in a while and not worry about it. But when I used to (regularly) eat higher carb things, I would literally fall asleep a short time later; eating protein and fat seems to have resolved that issue…which I always assumed was due to a higher spike in insulin. Thank you for any thoughts you can offer.

Dude Trulove · June 19, 2017 at 12:42 am

awesome vids, please comment on this.

Brent Goodale · June 19, 2017 at 5:57 pm

When you say “protein” are you referring to all types of protein? Soy protein, whey , rice? Or protein in food?

Powerman80923 · June 20, 2017 at 2:33 am

Dr. Schmidt – You say "no more than three insulin spikes per day" is best, but doesn't the quantity of food at each meal matter too? If you ate six smaller meals per day, wouldn't that result in lower insulin spikes, and wouldn't that be equal to, or better than three much larger spikes? I'm thinking "the area under the curve" for insulin vs. time might be lower for the larger number of much smaller spikes per day. Wouldn't the resultant lower total insulin per day put a person in a better position to lose weight (fat)? You can't burn fat when insulin is high, right? I have been doing the smaller meal thing, and tracking calories daily for the last 3 months and have been losing weight much faster than I thought was possible on a 15 – 20% average daily calorie deficit. Thank you!

Jason Mjolnir · June 23, 2017 at 3:37 am

I been having a fasting blood glucose reading of 145ish in the morning or during a 5 day water fast is this normal

Kenneth Woolard · July 1, 2017 at 5:33 am

Appreciate it! Thumbs up. Have a great holiday weekend.

Neo Roman0 · July 2, 2017 at 3:24 am

Define your terms before you start deducing on them.

Shady S · July 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

This was such an amazing piece of information. Thanks Dr. Schmidt.

TheBignaturalkiss · August 4, 2017 at 12:01 am

I'm learning so much with your videos. Your explanation are clear and make total sense. Thank you.

Ich · August 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Is it possible to convert mIU/L Insulin into Glucose concentration in order to relate those to BS readings?

Keith Cannon · September 3, 2017 at 2:31 am

I have found that increasing my protein and even adding a bit of potato or a fruit to each meal actually made me feel much better than sticking strictly to high fat foods. I am wondering if it's the insulin spike to thank.

Infinity Searcher · September 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm

What is the name of the doctor you mention in the beginning (60 to 70 years old). I cannot "google him" because I cannot quite hear what you are saying, Thank you. I see it – name is Dr. Joseph Kraft.

morusnigra1 · September 25, 2017 at 5:20 am

Your videos are quick and understandable with relevant information. I learned a lot about how my body works and helps me with my way of eating. I adopted the breakfast option you recommended: coconut cream with stevia and unsweetened coco powder. Best thing that I could ever happen to me! Easy to shake in a water bottle, then I am off to work in the morning.

Annie Simulation · October 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

How about once a day? I do dinner til dinner. I'm kind of worried that because I consume the majority of my fat at dinner, it will buffer the insulin spike even if I have my normal 40-50g protein. My carbs are usually 15 net carb and my fat around 70 or 80g

Peter Faber · November 4, 2017 at 3:04 am

Aren't those medical values related to the threshold of actually having diabetis type 2? Meaning that when you're below 25, your pancreas can still keep up.

This test doesn't have the goal to determine the level of insulin resistance, but simply to see if your insulin resistance is too high or not.

But it does actually tell the level of insulin resistance. The data just isn't used for that purpose..

Mary Miller · November 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Oh wow! Learned so much in this video and the comments! Here I was thinking spiking was bad! Well spiking with bad food IS bad!! I had only just started 2 months ago with cutting out all complex carbs and non-organic, gmo food. I was doing well and even losing weight, but suddenly I recently started spiking with only eating salad and grassfed meats. I was thinking something was wrong. I used to eat only one meal a day, but decided I was eating too much protein at one meal, and now trying to eat 2 meals a day. I will see how this goes with my diabetes, I have already seen my A1C go from 7.0 to 6.4. I occasionally mess up and eat too many cashews. I eat lots of other organic nuts, so I think I will just stop buying the cashews. I tend to over do it. Anyway THANK YOU so much Dr. Schmidt for all the great info! I will keep you posted on everything I'm learning and experiencing. I'm so excited when I watch your videos cause I know that it is possible to get my health and strength back. Even at 57 yrs old and being obese my entire life. Life is good when you have someone to help open your eyes! Can't thank you enough!

Michelle Pinnock · November 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

When I omg My Blpod sugar is 90 to 78. I'm on keto lifestyle. I'm also insulin resistance. my blood sugars in the morning is 90 to 115. SHOULD I be concern.

jon athan · January 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm

why is insulin spike good?

Juliat Shamoun · February 2, 2018 at 2:28 am

Simple and excellent 👍

Katie Irish · February 16, 2018 at 1:34 am

I'm trying to lose weight by fasting. In view of this information, would you say that Intermittent Fasting, with one fatty-protein meal a day, is better than extended fasting? Better to do OMAD to get this moderate spike?

Stephane · February 18, 2018 at 10:48 pm

So when we use a blood sugar monitor (like precision xtra) , we mesure blood sugar but not insulin ? They are two different mesure? I thought blood sugar and insulin was the same … can you explain me ? Thank you

Bread Sandwich · February 22, 2018 at 10:06 am

Good job Dr. Schmidt we need to know this!

Vel Plays! · March 10, 2018 at 6:18 am

Darren, I've been asked to have a "random gkucose" test performed on me. It says "flouride biochem"… Yeeeah, is that safe? 😔 I've cut out the major sources of fluoride.
Thank you.

Narcissists Explorer · March 17, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Not feasible- fasting is the cure!..No protein

Mark J · April 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Thank you for the great vid again. Well, I am slim guy like you //in my 40's// with fast metabolism. I exercise, and I don't think I can get bellow 4 meals without loosing the lil gains that I already have. I'd have to pack on really fat heavy meals to make it 3 meals. I eat almost no wheat, rather some buckwheat and all the rest are eggs,bacon, oils,veggies,coconuts. But too much fat, my veins in my calf's start to hurt. I eat 11h / 13 h fast, + started 40 h water fast weekly,,,,..thank you if u do answer some

Barbara Mowrey · May 22, 2018 at 6:30 am

Peanut, home made is good protein as is intermittent fasting.

Barbara Mowrey · May 22, 2018 at 6:32 am

Are you taking metric numbers? I'd be dead at 5.

Akane Cortich · June 6, 2018 at 8:52 pm

this is very good to know. Curious to know the relationship between blood insulin and blood glucose over time. Most of us do blood glucose tests at home with our little monitors.

Eric Arce · June 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

I do bodybuilding and I have a question, I do KETOSIS and I was wondering if doing at least 1 protein shake a day on workouts days it's ok, would take me out of KETOSIS??… I have to say that the protein shake I'm talking about is a blend of Casein, whey and egg protein

WHAT about that shake mixed with MCT ????

Richard's World Traveler · July 23, 2018 at 5:04 am

If you have a insulin spike from a whey protein shake, but consumed no carbs during the spike, are there any bad effects from that? I want to loose weight, but I want protein so my legs and other muscles recover from playing sports. I want to quickly recovery so I can play more days per week. Slowly, but surely I notice my legs getting stronger and able to handle it though. But I noticed much faster recovery after adding protein shakes, as my diet from eating at my mothers house isn't so great.

Mehdi Larijani IFBB PRO · August 10, 2018 at 11:37 am

Let's say a healthy individual is ketosis adopted and body is ruining on fats. The total calorie intake is 3000 cal included no existing carbs (less than 20 grams from nuts) , high fat (200 gr) and protein 150 grams. and He is working out twice a day including cardio and strength training.
Body weight is 240 lb with 7% Body fat.

1st question is what would be happen in this case if Glucogan be triggered to some degree by either injection or taking some supplements or stimulator ?

2- what would happen if insulin be triggered ?

Note: in a healthy individual not diabetes or pre diabetes.

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