How Fasting Affects Your Hormones w. Dr. William Hsu (ep 94)

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Key Information

Fasting affects your hormones

Fasting can optimize your blood sugar, insulin, growth hormone, and cortisol levels.

Fasting mimics calorie restriction

Fasting mimics the effects of calorie restriction, which can extend lifespan and prevent diseases.

Fasting is not starvation

Fasting is a voluntary and controlled practice, while starvation is involuntary and harmful.

Fasting requires proper guidance

Fasting should be done under the supervision of a qualified professional, such as Dr. William Hsu.

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On this episode Dr. William Hsu joined me to discuss the intricacies of proper fasting and how it affects your hormones.  As a former endocrinologist, Dr. Hsu is an expert in hormones and circadian rhythm and explains in how fasting can optimize everything from blood sugar regulation to longevity.

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About Dr. William Hsu

Dr. William Hsu is the chief medical officer at L-Nutra, the leading nutri-tech company developing innovations in nutrition. In his role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hsu leads the clinical development effort and oversees the Medical Affairs Department. By advancing education he enables patients to make a fully-informed adoption of intermittent fasting and the L-Nutra’s Fasting Mimicking Diet called ProLon – a 5-day meal program that keeps the body in a fasting mode while enabling people to enjoy nutritious, plant-based food.  Before his time at L-Nutra Dr. Hsu spent 20 years as an endocrinologist at Harvard’s Joslin Diabetes Center,

Among his prior roles, he served as Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, responsible for its international education and healthcare advisory programs. He served on multiple national-level professional committees, including the American Diabetes Association, setting national standards of medical care in diabetes. His previous research interests focused on the pathophysiology of diabetes and the application of digital technology in chronic care.

Dr. Hsu went to Cornell University for college and received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Yale School of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Harvard Medical School. He was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Topics Discussed

  • Former endocrinologist
  • America is #1 in chronic disease
  • Genetic component to diabetes
  • Type 1 vs Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Reason for explosion of diabetes
  • The quality of food contributing to diabetes
  • Glyphosate
  • Circadian Rhythm and sleep influence on diabetes
  • Timing Of Food 
  • Why you shouldn’t eat close to bedtime  
  • AMPK vs mTor
  • Ideal amount of time to fast
  • Autophagy
  • Fasting Mimicking Diet
  • IGF-1 and Autophagy 
  • Fasting and longevity
  • Fasting and Hormones

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Erik Abramowitz is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Naturopathic Doctoral student, health coach, and father. He is the primary content creator for and the host of the Holistic Nootropics Podcast.

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