When humanity transitioned from hunter-collector to farmer, it produced changes outside and inside our bodies. It changed people's lifestyle, social organization, and life expectancy, but it also modified our relationship with food, and more specifically, with nutrients. For instance, it changed our relationship with glucose, the human's primary energy source.
For hunter-collector humans, finding a rich source of glucose, like a fruit tree, was destiny's matter, so their bodies would ration its usage once consumed. On the other hand, a farmer would have access to as many fruit trees as he would decide to plant or trade. The transition lasted thousands of years, at a pace, the evolutionary process indeed struggled to keep up with but definitely did.
Fast forward many years, the appearance of super processed food shook human glucose consumption massively. Almost every item we eat has added sugar, increasing daily glucose consumption rates. We associate high glucose with diabetes, but it is also linked to metabolic dysfunction, provoking cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer's. As studies show that 80% of metabolic health-related conditions can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle changes, taking care of our metabolic health should be a priority.
Our guest, Carlee Hayes, a metabolic health specialist, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, is a Dietitian Manager at NutriSense. Carlee holds a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from Western Illinois University.
In this episode, we talk about NutriSense's invention, a device to monitor blood glucose levels in real-time through an app, so users can find out how their bodies react to food and make the adjustments needed according to their goals. We delve into the importance of controlling our glucose levels, the imbalance between how much glucose we get access to, and its harmful effects. Carlee also explained how to cut through the online nutrition industry's noise and why we shouldn't look for a one-size-fits-all solution in nutrition and diet matters. She also explained how the CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) works and helps users.
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