When you eat carbohydrates such as sugars your body breaks them down to glucose, which is the shortest chain carbohydrate. The glucose then travels around your body and is used for energy by your brain and body. However, if there is more glucose than immediately needed it gets pushed into your fat cells. The amount of glucose in your blood is called blood glucose or blood sugar level.
The main factor is the food you eat - especially sugary and carby foods. Other things that can affect sugar levels are exercise (when you exercise your body releases your glycogen stores to give you more energy) and stress levels (when your stress levels are high your body goes into “fight or flight mode” also releasing those glycogen stores). Spikes from exercise are not a problem, because your muscles are immediately using up that glucose.
When your sugar levels increase this causes insulin levels to increase. Insulin pushes glucose into your fat cells. So higher levels of insulin will cause more weight gain. Keeping your sugar levels balanced will reduce the amount of insulin your body produces and so reduce the amount of glucose that gets pushed into your fat cells. Also, if you no longer get sugar crashes, you’ll no longer get those tricky food cravings. This also makes dieting much easier.
When your sugar levels are crashing, you may become distracted and lose focus. Your body is worrying that your sugar will get too low and so wants you to focus purely on finding food (it's lower down Maslow’s pyramid of needs). By keeping your sugar levels balanced, you’ll not get distracted by your stomach, and will have achieved better focus throughout the day.
Crashing sugar levels, especially when they fall below your baseline (the level when you wake up) can make you hangry and irritable. Another downside of these crashes is that having the discipline required to fight these crash cravings all the time can be very hard.
There are many factors involved, including genetics, lifestyle and insulin sensitivity. However, what seems to be the most interesting and a strong predictive factor is the gut microbiome (the bacteria in your gut). This is a hot area of study with cutting edge research coming out every week.
myLevels shows you real-time impact of food on your body and lets you see the results for yourself. There are other "personalised diets" which test your gut microbiome (by you sending a stool sample), your DNA (by you sending a spit sample) or your blood. They then predict what foods will be least likely to spike your sugar levels and send you a report, but you do not get to see how the model came up with these suggestions. There is much less room for error in our approach because the myLevels results come from the actual sugar responses of your body, not a prediction of them.
We give out invite codes to existing myLevels users - so they can share with their friends. This code gets you to the top of the waitlist and you can directly join the next "level".
For the early beta cohorts, the cost is only £99 for Android users. For iPhone users the cost is £199 because we also need to order expensive NFC-Bluetooth adapters for you (Apple is restrictive with the use of the NFC) - the adapter can be reused.