Why Glucose and Insulin Matter
I want to tell you about a gadget that has completely changed my life, but before I get into it, I want to talk about the biggest contributor to advanced aging and chronic disease, which is insulin resistance.
When your diet is full of empty calories, an abundance of quickly absorbed sugars and carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.), the body slowly becomes resistant to the effects of insulin and needs more to do the same job of keeping your blood sugar even.
High insulin levels are the first sign of a problem—they precede Type 2 diabetes by decades. The high insulin leads to an appetite that is out of control and increasing weight gain around the belly. Diabetes is often undiagnosed until its later stages.
Insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome associated with it is often accompanied by increasing central obesity, fatigue after meals, sugar cravings, high triglycerides, low HDL, high blood pressure, problems with blood clotting, as well as increased inflammation and much more undesirable effects.
These clues can often be picked up decades before anyone ever gets diabetes—and may help you prevent diabetes entirely.
One of the easiest and best ways to detect this is through using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). This is a wearable device that tracks your blood sugar levels 24/7. You can see almost immediately if a food you’ve consumed causes a blood sugar spike. You can also see the meals that keep your blood sugar levels steady and even (which is what we want!)
I can preach at you for hours about the right foods to eat, but the truth is, what is “right” for one person may not work for another. This is fundamental to individualized medicine and nutrition. The best way to know which foods are “right” for you is to monitor and test. How do you do that?
Levels provides real-time feedback on how your diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health based on continuous glucose monitor data. This personalized data can help you discover your optimal diet, control your weight, and reduce long-term health risk.
- An annual Levels Membership ($199)
- One month of continuous glucose monitors ($199)
- The annual Membership provides access to:
- The Levels app where you track your meals and get realtime scores and breakdowns of how specific foods are affecting you.
- Weekly and monthly reports that break down your individual meals as well as glucose trends over time.
- The ability to purchase additional months of CGM for $199 at any time throughout your annual membership (optional).
- The ability to purchase an at-home blood draw appointment for $179 at any time throughout your annual membership (Currently only available in select zip codes).
- Access to the growing Levels community, which includes ability to participate in community challenges, connect to other members in the Levels Facebook group, and join exclusive Q&As with metabolic health thought leaders.
For a limited time, Levels is offering our community an additional 2 free months on your annual membership when you order through my link (14 months of membership instead of 12).
Levels is not cheap, but I do believe trying a CGM and understanding your personalized responses to foods is one of the single best investments you can make in both feeling better today, as well as preventing long-term health issues in the future.