The Genetic Factors That Influence Blood Sugar

Ep 35
In this episode we're discussing blood sugar and the genetic factors that influence insulin. There is currently a big epidemic of blood sugar imbalance going on, and we know that sugar imbalance is related to the immune system. Over the time of this epidemic, a lot of people who are at risk are those with a blood sugar imbalance. Listen in and learn how to assist people to determine how their food and lifestyle impacts their blood sugar and how to keep it in a nice, healthy range.


  • [03:00] Why are some people very resistant to blood sugar imbalances and others are really sensitive to it?

  • [10:00] The gene which maintains the balance of glucose and glycogen storage.
  • [13:00] Several genes affect insulin secretion, glucose production, insulin sensitivity and have an increased risk of type two diabetes and gestational diabetes.

  • [16:00] The old fashioned way of testing blood sugar at home.

  • [22:00] The effect of sleep on insulin levels.

  • [25:00] How to access additional information on genetic testing for blood sugar levels.


  • Some people are very sensitive to the glucose levels in their blood and have to work really hard at it. There’s also a group of people in the middle that could go either way and potentially end up with diabetes.  

  • Genetics play a big role in why some people are prone to diabetes, even with a healthy lifestyle. 

  • By doing genetic testing it will be easier to assist clients with their expectations and managing blood sugar levels. 


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.