Today I’m joined by Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew, the head of clinical products at Levels and metabolic expert. Dr. Lauren focuses on building products and businesses that solve problems and help make health available to everyone. I have a Levels glucose monitor that I use to pinpoint my body’s insulin response to certain foods. It’s been really helpful in figuring out what personally works best for my body!
Insulin and glucose play a big role in metabolic dysfunction, which is a major player in women’s health. 90% of Americans have some marker of metabolic dysfunction. And it’s estimated that 50% of women will die of completely preventable cardiometabolic conditions. So this issue is very relevant right now! The good news is there’s something we can do about it right now, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
We go deep into the details of how women differ from men metabolically and how to optimize our natural hormone cycles to our advantage. While everyone is different, Dr. Lauren gives us her 4 key pillars of health that have a positive impact on everyone. It starts with the simple (and cheap!) things, like getting morning sunlight and walking. Of course, our hormones change during pregnancy and menopause, and we cover that too.
She is incredibly knowledgeable and was really, really fun to interview. I know you’ll enjoy today’s episode as much as I enjoyed recording it!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Kelley-Chew
- What metabolic dysfunction is and why this is so important to understand
- The flip side – what metabolic health and regulation is
- What role insulin plays in metabolic dysfunction
- Personalization of insulin response and what we can learn from it
- The shocking amount of added sugar most people are consuming
- Walking as one of the most powerful tools for blood sugar regulation
- How light impacts our circadian response and as a result, our glucose and metabolism
- Women’s health – how women differ from men metabolically and what we need to understand to optimize hormones and health
- How these things change during the cycle, during pregnancy, and through menopause
- The four pillars we can follow to optimize metabolic health: diet, (food pairing, timing, etc) movement, sleep, stress management
Resources We Mention
- Levels website (for US listeners)
- Levels waitlist – (for UK listeners)
- Levels – Instagram
- Levels blog
- Lauren’s Instagram
- Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver
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