Control Your Blood Sugar, Control Your Life W/ Josh Clemente of LEVELS
Today we are joined by Josh Clemente. Josh, the founder of Levels, is a mechanical engineer and CrossFit-L2 trainer. At SpaceX, he led a team to develop life support systems that sustained astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on their May 2020 trip to the International Space Station aboard Dragon Endeavor: the first new crew-carrying spacecraft since 1980.
Josh has also spent time designing and building Hyperloop technology and leading engineering for a company providing vehicle-based rescue systems for emergency response teams.
But, we barely talked about any of that stuff today, because, as I already mentioned, Josh is the founder of a really fascinating company that I've been following for a while, called Levels. Their idea is that wearables are nice, but they rarely give you real, powerful data about what's going in your body. Well, Levels is trying to change that, by coming out with the first consumer-available continuous glucose monitor.
Now, you've probably heard the hardcore biohackers in the world, like Dave Asprey and Tim Ferriss, wearing these glucose monitors that they need all kinds of connections to get, and all the wonderful things you can learn by wearing a glucose monitor.
So, I wanted to learn what the big deal is with these, and why it's such an important technology to put in the hands of consumers. I ended up learning a lot about what turns out to be one of the most important molecules in the body – glucose – which powers almost everything that you do. And that's why we need to make sure that we have just the right Goldilocks level layers in our body at all times – more about this in the episode.
I think you are really going to enjoy this episode, as I did!
In this episode, we discuss:
- Who is Josh Clemente, what does he do, and how did he get here? [4:20]
- Ketones and oxygen-full environments [9:30]
- The difference between physical fitness and health [11:00]
- Why does glucose matter so much? [14:30]
- Insulin and glucose [17:30]
- When should you care about glucose? [20:10]
- Making the glucose data actionable [24:40]
- What are the things beyond food that influence blood sugar? [32:00]
- What changes has Josh himself made based on data? [37:25]
- Is insulin damage reversible? [44:45]
- A conversation on LEVELS [48:55]
- Josh Clemente's final takeaway message [51:55]