Bastian Hoelscher: How a Functional Medicine MD is treating Type 2 Diabetes (HHL #1)

In the very first episode of the “Hacking Health LIVE!” show we will cover „Lifestyle Change Approaches to treat Type 2 Diabetes“ with MD Bastian Hoelscher, a Functional Medicine Physician from Gevelsberg, Germany.

Interview Highlights with MD Bastian Hoelscher

(00:00) Matt introduction
(00:37) Introduction Bastian Hoelscher MD
(01:52) The reason why Bastian became a MD
(03:08) Challenges Bastian’s sister faced with Type 1 Diabetes
(04:57) Consequences for patient treatment because of outdated dietary guidelines
(07:33) The Mindset of a classic MD in Germany
(08:20) The challenges with the current chronic disease management program in Germany
(09:08) How and when Bastian switched to functional medicine
(11:44) Authors and doctors inspiring Sebastian in his practicing medicine
(12:45) Lifestyle changes to reduce medication and treat Type 2 Diabetes
(14:38) What is Bastian’s new approach?
(18:10) Reasons why Bastian is teaming up with a health coach and why he thinks about a virtual practice
(18:45) Three top functional medicine advice for Type 2 Diabetes
(20:50) Mindset in functional medicine for doctors, coaches and patients
(24:26) Advice number 1: Un-process your diet
(24:48) Advice number 2: Choose low glycemic high fibre food
(25:07) Advice number 3: Exercise your biggest muscle groups
(25:37) How can we manage stress better – Why red light and good sleep can be helpful
(27:33) Functions of melatonin
(28:22) Changing bad habits
(29:55) Impact of functional medicine on Bastian as a physician
(32:10) The physician should inspire the patient – why Bastian loves bone broth


(32:58) Caroline: Is there any type of exercise which is better in terms of making cells more sensitive to sugar or will any kind do?
(35:05) Tammy tells her story and talks about the health situation in Greece
(38:53) Caroline: It is so difficult to tell people they have to change their food – why is it so difficult for us professionals?

Show Resources about MD Bastian Hoelscher


Privatarztpraxis Bastian Hölscher
bei Marc Borchert
Teichstraße 7
58285 Gevelsberg

Tel.  02332 / 552 424
Fax  02332 / 552 425

Scaling up fxmed in Germany…

I am so stoked that Bastian was my first guest on the show. We share quite a bit of history together actually.

We studied classical Chinese medicine together under the same teacher from the US by the name of Yaron Seidmann.

Right now we are working very hard to build his personal brand and to get his clinic operational through info & content marketing.

Bastian’s  clinic will be the very first functional medicine clinic in the Germany with the sole focus on treating type 2 Diabetes.

We will use technology for scaleable patient education, lifestyle advice delivered through a nutritional coach, and a group program.

Community as a path back to health??

In this way we are following the playbook down “to the t” as outlined by my mentor James Maskell, the Rogue Health Economist” and co-founder of

Check out his work… it is brilliant!

In case you are working in healthcare… just get these books. James is a masterful communicator and writer, you will learn a lot.

And just maybe you might become a part too in changing the way we do medicine in the world.

Thank you so much for tuning in, it really means the world to Bastian and me.

Talk soon,
Matt Dippl

About the Author

Matt is a digital athlete, fxmed early adopter, and expert biohacker from Munich, Germany. During a period of suboptimal health, Matt discovered the disruptive medical paradigm of functional medicine. As a result of its application, he got back to optimal health and made it his mission to use digital growth hacking skills to bring effective lifestyle health interventions to the mainstream.