Jun 25, 2020
In this episode, returning guest Dr.
Benjamin Bikman from Brigham Young University joins Ben to talk
about insulin and its role in our overall health, specifically as
it pertains to insulin resistance and the various lifestyle and
genetic factors that come into play. Insulin resistance is not only
strongly correlated to chronic disease, but it can also negatively
impact our ability to build muscle, and Dr. Bikman discusses how
sleep deprivation and incorrect food types can escalate the
problem. He discusses the link between carbon dioxide tolerance and
metabolism and how the ketogenic diet can impact metabolic
flexibility, highlighting the practical benefits of a cyclical
ketogenic diet in general. He also explains how metabolic
flexibility can be measured and why it is difficult to identify an
ideal resting blood glucose range. The conversation then turns to
the controversial subject of fat and protein consumption. Dr.
Bikman is an advocate of consuming fat and protein together and
gives his reasons for not buying into the plant-based protein trend
but rather sticking to the natural proteins found in animals. He
also answers questions about adaptive glucose pairing, the
relationships between insulin and Crohn’s disease, and how eating
the right fats aids the fat-burning process. Remember to head over
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- An introduction to Dr. Bikman and
the work he does teaching pathophysiology. [5:06]
- The relationship between chronic
disease, lifestyle, and insulin resistance. [6:50]
- Factors that contribute to insulin
resistance, including genetics and lifestyle. [8:17]
- Learn how insulin resistance
impacts our ability to build and maintain muscle.
- How eating the wrong foods (not
just carbs) could give way to insulin resistance.
- Speculation about the correlation
between carbon dioxide tolerance and metabolism.
- An explanation of metabolic
flexibility and the impact of the ketogenic diet.
- Dr. Bikman makes a case for the
practical advantages of a cyclical ketogenic diet.
- Measuring metabolic flexibility by
testing the exchange between oxygen and CO₂. [27:05]
- Thoughts on the ideal resting
blood glucose and two other useful metrics. [30:12]
- Where insulin resistance starts
and the good and bad ways that fat tissue grows.
- Why you might get away with eating
more calories when it is fat versus carbs/sugar.
- Protein and other considerations
for consuming fat in a healthy, balanced manner.
- Dr. Bikman’s take on why you can
consume natural sources of protein more or less
- Hear about the circumstances from
which Why We Get Sick was born. [50:12]
- The changeability of insulin
resistance and how it can be improved on a variety of diets.
- The problem with plant-based
proteins and the processes that are applied to it.
- Answers to question about adaptive
glucose pairing and the relationship between insulin and Crohn’s
- Eating the right fat, the
adaptability of the phospholipid bilayer composition, and how it
impacts fat burning. [1:00:06]