Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death. It causes kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and blindness in severe cases. As a person with diabetes, keeping your blood sugar levels within the range recommended by your doctor can be exasperating. That’s because many things make your blood sugar levels fluctuate, sometimes unexpectedly. So how does someone with diabetes live a joyful and purposeful life? Let’s find out from today’s guest, Drew Harrisberg.
Drew is an exercise physiologist, diabetes educator, sports scientist, and most importantly – a happy and healthy guy thriving with type 1 diabetes. His background as a health professional and his triumph with managing diabetes has ignited a passion for sharing everything he knows to inspire, empower and enable people to thrive with Diabetes rather than simply live with it. Drew’s Daily Dose is his way of empowering people to take control of their health to live a fuller, happier, and healthier life.
Listen to Episode 172 with Drew Harrisberg:
[Tweet “Think of your muscles like sponges. They are capable of soaking up glucose if you do the work, if you grow those muscles. So start doing some exercise, see what happens, and you might find the solution. It’s pretty amazing.” – Drew Harrisberg]
What we discuss in this episode:
Type 1 vs. Type 2 Diabetes – How do they differ?
The leading cause of insulin resistance and how it affects the body
Why is it unhealthy to have too much insulin in the body?
Drew talks about the time he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and how it impacted his life
How does someone get diabetes, and what is it like living with it?
Drew explains how exercise and diet help manage and control diabetes
Keto, Paleo, Plant-Based – Which diets are beneficial for people with diabetes, and why Drew opt to stick with the plant-based diet?
What does Drew eat on a regular day to support his body’s needs as a person with diabetes and an athlete?
What are the benefits of intermittent fasting to someone with diabetes?
Drew walks us through his Five Pillars of Health and how he lives a joy-filled life.
Drew debunks a few Diabetes MYTHS!
Why Drew enjoys swimming in cold ocean water using the Wim Hof breathing technique
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