Dr. Ben Bikman shares why insulin is important to test for weight loss

131- How Insulin Impacts Your Weight Loss Journey with Dr. Ben Bikman

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

October 15, 2020

Let's face it, as we look at the data over the last 50 years, our health as a country has steadily gotten worse. With more than 2/3rds of the population overweight or obese, we have a metabolic crisis on our hands.

With that being said, we are also learning more about what factors lead to obesity and diabetes, and also which markers or hormones play a role in our weight gain. One hormone that we need to have more conversations about in insulin.

Dr. Ben Bikman, PhD. is here on this episode to dive deep with us about insulin's role in the body, and why it is so important to monitor to understand why we gain weight.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Why testing insulin is more important than testing glucose levels
  • Lab markers that will indicate you have an insulin problem
  • How to improve insulin sensitivity in your cells
  • Foods and different factors to reverse diabetes and obesity


  • [2:00] Who is Dr. Ben Bikman and what is his role in the health industry
  • [3:30] What is insulin and what is its purpose in the body
  • [7:45] If someone's pancreas is working hard to push out insulin, can the pancreas get fatigued
  • [10:00] Why is insulin not usually measured on lab tests and what markers should we look at
  • [11:30] Take the Triglyceride and divide it by the HDL, if the number is less than 1.5 then that is a good sign that the person is insulin sensitivie
  • [12:45] Is there any way that someone can test insulin levels while also testing glucose levels
  • [14:00] Insulin pushes glucose into the cells, does it fill up fat faster than muscle
  • [19:00] Elevated triglycerides come from the liver, not from "leaks" in the fat cells
  • [20:30] If you are becoming insulin resistant, will your muscles get fatigued easier
  • [22:30] What can people do to rebalance their system and reduce the insulin response
  • [25:30] People's glucose response to each food can be different, will their insulin response also be different
  • [26:15] How does a stress response influence the insulin levels in the body
  • [27:45] For those with Type 1 diabetes, how does this insulin information apply to them
  • [31:15] Books from the American Diabetes Association are full of high carbohydrate recipes that keep you on a blood sugar rollercoaster ride
  • [34:00] For those who are obese or diabetic, and they have spent the majority of their life eating in an unhealthy way, where do you even start from a nutritional standpoint
  • [37:30] Do not shop for food while you are hungry
  • [38:45] Final thoughts from Dr. Ben Bikman on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Obesity

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

  • Read the book Why We Get Sick by Dr. Ben Bikman- Learn More
  • Order a low carb, high protein shake from Dr. Ben Bikman- Learn More
  • Hear more strategies for Type II Diabetes- Listen Now

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Ben Bikman PhD

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Dr. Ben Bikman talks about how insulin impacts weight gain

Dr. Ben Bikman talks about how insulin impacts weight gain

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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