The 3 Ways Metabolic Health Impacts Sexual Health with Dr. Casey Means



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When we talk about metabolic health, people often associate it with maintaining a healthy weight and having good energy levels. 

But did you know our metabolic health affects our sexual function and fertility, too?

Our hormones hang in a delicate balance, and when blood sugar goes on a wild ride so does everything else. That means not only are we at risk of weight gain, mood swings, and energy crashes, but it increases the chances of erectile dysfunction, infertility, difficulty finding sexual pleasure, and so much more. 

Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with our friend Dr. Casey Means to talk about the three main ways metabolic health can impact sexual function.

Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Cofounder of the metabolic health company Levels, an associate editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and a lecturer at Stanford University. 

In this episode, we dive into: 

  • The connection between sexual health and optimal health (2:06)
  • The three main ways metabolic dysfunction and sexual health are connected (14:05)
  • How metabolic health affects fertility (24:06)
  • Four things men can do to increase testosterone (26:32)
  • Why you need to ask your doctor for a fasting insulin test (32:35)
  • How mood and motivation are related to sexual health (58:46)
  • The optimal breakfast for metabolic health (1:16:36)
  • Five reasons we should care about blood sugar spikes, especially first thing in the morning (1:19:59) 
  • What Dr. Casey eats for breakfast (1:27:32)
  • Why you shouldn’t drink oat milk (1:30:49) 
  • How drinking vinegar before carb-rich meals can minimize a glucose spike (1:37:38)

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For more on Dr. Casey Means, follow her on Instagram @drcaseyskitchen and @levels, Twitter @drcaseyskitchen and @levels, and through her website,

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Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.


If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.

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