Lately you’ve probably seen me experimenting with a continuous glucose monitor on my arm. I have learned so much from just one month of tracking that I was eager to go deeper.
Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician and the chief medical officer and co-founder of a company called Levels. They make a continuous glucose monitor that you can use (even if you are not a diabetic) to see how foods and other lifestyle factors impact your glucose. This type of information can help you personalize your diet and get concrete, meaningful feedback on your health like never before.
We cover things like chronic inflammation, why 88% of Americans have at least one biomarker out of range that shows metabolic dysfunction, ways to improve your overall glucose, and how to manage carbohydrates so you can eat more of them without glucose spikes.
If you’re interested in trying this monitor, the link below will let you skip the waitlist!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Casey Means
- How chronic inflammation leads to many health problems
- Why 88% have at least one biomarker showing metabolic dysfunction
- What glucose teaches you about metabolic health
- The markers for optimal metabolic health (and how this is different from “normal”)
- Ways to understand and reduce chronic inflammation
- How the dawn phenomenon can affect even metabolically healthy people (and its relationship to stress)
- The difference in glucose spikes after food vs. after exercise
- Why spikes in glucose from exercise are good
- Ways to help improve your fasting glucose over time
- How to improve insulin sensitivity (yes, that’s a good thing!)
- How we all respond to carbohydrates differently and why not all carbs are bad
- Ways to modulate carbohydrates to respond better
- Why to eat other foods like salad and protein before carbs in a meal
- A reason that eating during daylight hours helps glucose response
- Three foods that are almost universal glucose spikers
- How zinc, magnesium, manganese, vitamin D, and others can affect metabolic health and glucose
- The reason diet nutrient density has a long term effect on health
- How to use a continuous monitor for a month to optimize glucose levels
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Levels monitor
- Regular glucose monitor and strips (Amazon)
- CAR.O.L bike (use code wellnessmama for $150 off)
- The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman
- The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried
- Why We Get Sick by Benjamin Bickman
- The Obesity Code by Jason Fung
- The Diabetes Code by Jason Fung
- Eat for Life by Joel Furman
- Lifespan by David Sinclair
- How Not to Diet by Michael Greger
More Wellness Mama
- What I Learned From Wearing a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) for a Month
- 371: How Eating More Protein Will Transform Your Metabolism w/ Dr. Gabrielle Lyon
- 369: Lessons From Gaining & Losing 75 Pounds of Fat With Fit2Fat2Fit Drew Manning
- 331: Rethinking Health: 8 Predictive Biomarkers for Lifetime Health With Russell Jaffe
- 99: Using Health Tracking to Discover Your Own Personalized Medicine
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