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How to Improve Insulin Sensitivity and Regain Metabolic Health (Minisode #47)

Season 2, Ep. 35

How to Improve Insulin Sensitivity and Regain Metabolic Health | This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth and Even.


Obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease all have one big thing in common—they all involve a component of blood sugar dysregulation. Considering the rampant use of sugar and flour in our food supply, managing blood sugar is something we should all be thinking about if we want to protect or improve our health. 


Thanks to technological advances like continuous glucose monitoring, we can now understand how we respond to carbohydrates like never before. For one person, a sweet potato might be easy to handle metabolically. For another, it could mean a giant rise and fall of blood sugar with a corresponding insulin spike. Some of the foods you might assume are healthy may even be the worst offenders. Seeing this information in real-time lets us make better decisions with immediate pay off for how we feel, as well as long-term protection against chronic disease. 

 

In today’s mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Casey Means and Dr. Ben Bikman about how our diet and lifestyle have fundamentally changed in a way that greatly impacts how we regulate blood sugar, and how it’s wreaking havoc on our metabolic health. They also talk about optimal glucose ranges, and how we can use continuous blood glucose monitoring to dramatically improve our health. 


Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of metabolic health company Levels, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and a Lecturer at Stanford University. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tools that can facilitate deep understanding of our bodies and inform personalized and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices. 

 

Dr. Ben Bikman is a renowned metabolic research scientist, and a popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition. Backed by years of research, Dr. Bikman’s mission is to help the world appreciate the prevalence and relevance of insulin resistance. He is the author of, Why We Get Sick, which offers a thought-provoking yet real solution to insulin resistance and how to reverse pre-diabetes, improve brain function, shed fat, and prevent diabetes.

 

Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Casey Means here: https://lnk.to/dhru-227/

 

Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Ben Bikman here: https://lnk.to/DrBenjaminBikman2/

 

Sign up for early access to Levels Metabolic Fitness Program here: levels.link/dhru

 

For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.

 

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This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth and Even.


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