Understanding The Role of Glucagon and Insulin
Welcome to the Mastering Blood Sugar podcast! This is episode two, with Dr. Benjamin Bikman — a Ph.D. scientist who specializes in insulin resistance. Dr. Bikman earned his Ph.D. in bio-energetics and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and professor at BYU is to better understand chronic, modern-day diseases with an emphasis on the origins and consequences of metabolic disorders (including obesity and diabetes). He frequently publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals and presents at international science meetings.
During this interview, Dr. Bikman discusses why diabetes is more of an insulin disease and less of a glucose disease. He describes the glucagon to insulin ratio and what that actually means for you — and how you can use his findings to improve your blood sugar control. He also speaks about the important role of glucagon in metabolism and blood sugar regulation and gives his formula to optimize protein consumption.
Dr. Bikman also talks all about why we should not be afraid of protein in regards to gluconeogenesis in the liver, and explains why someone eventually moves from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes and what the triggering event might be. He explains why insulin is the worst treatment for type 2 diabetes, and gives his insight and recommendations for a low-carb, low-fat diet — and goes into detail about why it makes the most sense from a scientific perspective.