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Episode 195- How to Improve Your Metabolic Health with Dr. Casey Means

May 9, 2024 • Book Club

What if taking control of your health was easier than you thought? Today’s guest Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician and co-founder of Levels, a health technology company with the mission of reversing the world’s metabolic health crisis. In her new book Good Energy, she explains why nearly every health problem we face can be explained by how well the cells in our body create and use energy. The good news? We have more control than we think. On this episode, Dr. Means shares five tests to help you evaluate your metabolic health, the five components of the “Good Energy Eating Plan” and three things to eliminate from your diet today. 

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Show Notes

  • Why she left her job as a surgeon to focus on empowering people to take control of their metabolic health (1:51)
  • How the siloed structure of the American healthcare system fails us (4:56)
  • Why it’s important to understand your baseline metabolic health (9:46)
  • The definition of metabolic health (12:19)
  • Five tests to help you evaluate your metabolic health: fasting glucose, triglycerides, HGL cholesterol, waist circumference, blood pressure (16:23)
  • Other tests you can order to further evaluate your metabolic health: fasting insulin, AST and ALT, hs-CRP, hemoglobin A1C (18:01)
  • Key principles of good energy eating (23:27)
  • The 5 components of the Good Energy Eating Plan: antioxidant sources, fiber sources, a probiotic source, healthy protein, and omega three fats. (26:12)
  • 3 things to eliminate from your diet today (28:12)
  • Why poor diet is the primary driver of chronic lifestyle diseases (31:46)
  • Approach your health journey with curiosity (34:53)
  • Taking back control of your health is easier than you think (37:08)
  • Levels- a health technology company started by Dr. Casey Means (42:14)

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