Ep. 168 What To Do About Insulin Resistance Disorders (and the Role that Digestion Plays) with Dr. Benjamin Bikman


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I am delighted to have Dr. Benjamin Bikman back on the podcast today! He was with us once before in Episode 114, where he spoke about the role of insulin resistance, metabolic health, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ben is the author of a book I frequently recommend, called Why We Get Sick.

It can be quite challenging for many women to maintain a healthy weight and good metabolic health after about forty years of age. Just about all of our fat cells are made during childhood and puberty, and when we reach our sixties or seventies, the number of our fat cells starts to decline. Insulin plays a vital role in how fat cells can change and respond to sex hormones. In this episode, Dr. Ben talks about insulin, fat cells, and sex hormones in women. Stay tuned for more!

Benjamin Bikman earned his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and associate professor (Brigham Young University) is to better understand the role of elevated insulin in regulating obesity and diabetes, including the relevance of ketones in mitochondrial function.


  • Dr. Ben explains why insulin is such an important topic for women, especially as they get older.
  • The role of insulin in terms of how fat cells can change and respond to sex hormones.
  • How estrogens protect women against too much fat.
  • Why you need to be mindful about certain plant-based foods and the plastics, detergents, and chemicals we use.
  • Why animal protein is undeniably superior to plant protein.
  • Why your diet does not require carbohydrates even though some cells need glucose.
  • The effects of seed oils and carbohydrates on insulin resistance.
  • How digestion relates to insulin resistance and insulin instability.
  • Vitamin D deficiency will contribute to insulin resistance.
  • Why you need to know what your fasting insulin number is.

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