The Month in Metabolic Health—May 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

Lifestyle changes, meds effective to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes; no change in CVD

tl;dr: In a large, long-term study, lifestyle interventions reduced the risk of people with prediabetes developing Type 2 diabetes by 58%; medication (metformin) reduced risk by 31%.

(ScienceDaily) (Original Study)


Prediabetes linked to higher heart attack risk in young adults

tl;dr: Analyzing nearly 8 million hospital records from 2018 reveals that adults age 18-44 with prediabetes were 1.7 times more likely to have a heart attack than those with normal blood sugar.

(American Heart Association)


New paper reveals cardiometabolic disease risk in women

tl;dr: Levels advisor Dr. Sara Gottfried’s new paper, which draws on hundreds of studies, details how women have a higher risk of cardiometabolic disease than is often known or acknowledged, leading to gaps in treatment and diagnosis.

(Metabolic Insights) (Original Study)



Four Things to Watch and Listen To

Ali Spagnola tests vegan fast food


Levels Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means explains in under four minutes how toxins can cause obesity


Dr. Matt Walker in a two-part podcast on how sleep affects weight gain


Levels Head of Clinical Product Lauren Kelley-Chew discussing the metabolic health crisis