Todd Grotenhuis

Aug 2021

📑 Sunday Quote


This quote comes from one of my favorite podcasts, the Peter Attia Drive, a podcast focused on health science and longevity.

In this episode, they were discussing accumulated results regarding insulin and insulin resistance.

Thankfully, I’m not insulin resistant, but I am working on improving my metabolic health and weight. As I’m now in my second month of using a continuous glucose monitor, and having conducted some self-experiments, I can see the effects of the above quote in my own body.

For example: I participated in a coke challenge, where we had a coke after fasting compared to a coke after fasting followed by walking for half an hour or more. Walking improved my glucose response by 5 points on a 10-point scale (from a 2 to a 7). Here’s another way they say it in the podcast episode notes:
AMA  20 Simplifying the complexities of insulin resistance how it s measured how it manifests in the muscle and liver and what we can do about it
I’m continuing to work with a trainer a couple times a week, doing a fun activity at least once a week, and am moving (walking, hiking, biking, etc.) almost every day. I particularly get moving after having a meal that would be a bit higher in carbs. It makes a significant difference on my results.

To explain “to your tolerance”: we are all different in our hormonal setup (insulin, cortisol) as well as our muscle mass/distribution, both of which are major deciders of how much our body will burn glucose (and use glycogen) versus store it as fat (as triglycerides in adipose tissue).

So their point there is that if we are getting good exercise, good muscle but not getting good metabolic results, then we also can limit simple carbs (especially fructose, which has particular effects beyond glucose) to get to where we want to be.

This is really promising for preventing or reversing the issues listed, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other metabolic disorders.

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