Episode 170

How Out of Control Blood Sugar Can Cause Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Chronic Disease

With Dr. Casey Means

Most of us hear the term “metabolic health” and think it only applies to our ability to burn food and manage our weight. And while those are certainly big pieces of metabolic health, it also impacts everything from our cardiovascular health to cognition, mood, infertility, and so much more. 

That’s because our metabolism is actually our body’s ability to create energy and this happens all over the body. If our energy production in the brain is hindered, we could have memory loss; if it’s not functioning properly in muscle cells, we may see chronic pain—and the list goes on. My guest on today’s Broken Brain Podcast, Dr. Casey Means, explains how we can use continuous blood glucose monitoring to dramatically improve our health in all of these ways and beyond. 

In this episode, we dive deep into the concept of continuous blood glucose monitoring, something Dr. Means is pioneering to make more accessible to the masses, and how we can use that data to truly personalize our diet and lifestyle for optimal health. We discuss 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. We also talk about how there is no perfect diet for everyone, and even healthy foods like sweet potatoes may cause a blood sugar spike in one person but be fine for someone else. 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. 

For more on Dr. Casey Means you can follow her on Instagram @drcaseyskitchen and @levels, on Twitter @levels, and through her website https://www.levelshealth.com/. Sign up for early access to Levels Metabolic Fitness Program here: levels.link/brokenbrain. The program includes a telehealth consultation with a physician in your state, two sensors shipped to your door, and Levels software. 

 

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. How metabolic health impacts overall health
    (3:08)
  2. Healthy foods that could be throwing your blood sugar out of control
    (15:22)
  3. How a continuous glucose monitor can help you personalize your diet and optimize your health
    (20:07)
  4. Dhru’s experience using a continuous glucose monitor
    (24:18)
  5. Why continuously spiking your glucose doesn’t allow you to burn fat
    (27:56)
  6. How to personalize your diet with a continuous glucose monitor
    (27:56)
  7. Why a high carbohydrate meal in the evening impacts your sleep 
    (41:10)
  8. The keto diet and metabolic flexibility
    (54:16)
  9. COVID-19 and metabolic disorder
    (59:54)
  10. How listeners can sign up for Levels
    (1:08:35)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Casey Means

Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of metabolic health company Levels, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tech-enabled tools that can inform smart, personalized, and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices. She is an award-winning biomedical researcher, with past research positions at the NIH, Stanford School of Medicine, and NYU.

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