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Mastering Blood Sugar

Jun 22, 2018

While carbs and protein raise insulin in the short time, the fat on our body and the fat in our diet have the most significant influence on our insulin levels.” Those are the words of Dr. Mowll’s guest today, engineer and creator or the website Optimising Nutrition, Marty Kendall.


Marty Kendall is an engineer with an interest in nutrition who seeks to understand things numerically. His wife is a type 1 diabetic and he has a family history of types 2 diabetes and obesity. He has created a system to prioritize low insulinogenic nutrient-dense foods that he and his wife, Monica, have been using to improve low blood sugar, increase energy and to reduce depression and anxiety (that so often comes with blood sugar dysregulation). Marty says he’s been able to step up to a new level of vitality, reach his ideal weight, and reverse his pre-diabetes with this system.


In today’s episode, Marty talks about how he uses his engineering background to understand and optimize blood sugar health. He also discusses the personal fat threshold and how it relates to insulin resistance, diabetes, and blood sugar dysregulation. Dr. Mowll and Marty Kendall talk all about calories and how they fit in — and how overeating even the right foods can still prevent you from burning fat and losing weight. Marty shares information on how to minimize cravings by improving insulin and leptin signaling and increasing the nutrient density of the foods you eat.


Key Takeaways:

[:58] About Dr. Mowll’s guest today, Marty Kendall.

[3:37] Be sure to head over to iTunes and leave a review. Dr. Mowll will be reading reviews and sending you the best of the Diabetes Summit on a flash drive if he reads your review at the beginning of the podcast!

[4:30] Welcoming Marty to the podcast.

[5:15] Marty’s background and how he got into this line of work.

[10:00] What insulin does and how that relates to our metabolic health and diabetes.

[14:55] All about the personal fat threshold.

[19:05] What’s the best way for people to burn fat?

[21:06] Marty’s thoughts on why overeating even the good foods can be bad.

[25:55] What’s the best diet or how can we eat in such a way to feel satisfied with less food?

[32:50] Marty elaborates about some of the tools on his website, such as his formula that measures insulin response, his food lists, and nutrient optimizer.

[38:26] The one message, idea, or quote — professionally — that Marty would like to be remembered by as his legacy.

[39:49] If Marty had a friend or family member that was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, what advice would he give them?

[40:37] Does Marty think that part of improving insulin sensitivity and burning fat is to keep our blood insulin levels down low?

[42:24] If Marty was sitting around with the leaders of the world to solve the diabetes epidemic, what would be his advice?


Mentioned in this Episode:

Optimising Nutrition

Nutrient Optimizer


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