The Month in Metabolic Health: July 2022


In this monthly article, we’ll sum up our favorite stories, research, podcasts, and videos—from Levels and elsewhere—across metabolic health.


Four Top Stories on Metabolic Insights:






Three Research Studies That Caught Our Eye

Daily Insulin Dose and Cancer Risk Among Patients With Type 1 Diabetes

tl;dr: By doing this study in people with Type 1 diabetes, researchers were able to truly see the effect of insulin on cancer risk, since any insulin in their system is exogenous (added from outside the body). The finding? Risk of cancer goes up as insulin levels go up.

(Jama Oncology

We’re in Worse Health Than We Thought: Less Than 7% of Adults Have Good Cardiometabolic Health

tl;dr: A new examination of data from 55,000 people over 20 years revealed that 94% of adults have at least one poor cardiometabolic measure, and it’s getting worse over time.

(SciTechDaily) (Original Study)

New Study: Serious Mental Illness Improves on Ketogenic Diet

tl;dr: A small study in France of 31 people with major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia showed that a ketogenic diet improved symptoms for 100% of patients and 43% achieved clinical remission.

(PsychologyToday) (Orginal Study)



Four Things to Watch and Listen To

Dr. Ben Bikman on how insulin impacts your ability to burn fat and lose weight


Dr. Casey Means on how metabolic health affects sexual health and fertility


Dr. Michael Gershon and Dr. Peter Attia on talk about how the gut communicates with the brain around hunger, satiety and more


Dr. Robert Lustig on the relationship between industrial agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry and how it affects your health