I don’t view fasting with the meaning that you do. I see it as an optional tactic that may be chosen to slow down glucose variability and give the person with diabetes a break from diabetes demands.
When I learned how to sail a small boat, I learned how to “heave-to.” This manuever places the two sails in opposition to each other, stalls forward progress, and permits the crew to take a rest, gather their wits, and think about what to do next. Like heaving to, I see fasting as a tactic to give me a break from the moment to moment requirements of diabetes.
The fasting I do does not exceed 24 hours; I don’t consider it a drastic technique. In fact, I only eat two meals per day, so a 24-hour fast only requires missing one meal and not snacking. I don’t see my self-imposed diabetes discipline as being brutal. I doubt that I have the fortitude to live with a harsh routine for the six years since I adopted many of my diabetes management practices.
In stark contrast to my sustainable and comfortable diabetes regimen I now employ, is the five years prior period when my blood glucose was out of control, highly variable, and mostly hyperglycemic. I felt stressed with my unsuccessful attempts to rein things in. And I felt physically miserable from the high blood glucose, brain fog, and creeping complications.
I know you likely see the style I use to manage my diabetes as overly concerned about things I will never be able to control. Luckily, I find my daily efforts reward me with good energy, a bright and consistent spirit, and the ability to pursue meaning in life beyond diabetes.