Build strong bones, avoid a heart attack, enjoy your fruit and be kind | Drew Harrisberg

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In Episode #257, I sit down with exercise physiologist and diabetes educator Drew Harrisberg for a captivating conversation on recent episodes and more emerging research. It’s been a while since Drew has been on the show, with his last appearance in Episode #223, but I know listeners will be glad to have him back.

The Proof has covered a variety of complex topics in recent episodes, and in this conversation, we take a step back to evaluate some key learnings in a more conversational format that is easy to digest and follow.

“I think a lot of people go in [to the gym] with no purpose or intention, no structure, no plan, and go through the motions and think it’s good enough. And it probably is good enough if you’re happy with being moderate. If you really want to step it up another level, it helps to know how hard you actually need to push yourself.”

Drew Harrisberg is a passionate exercise physiologist, sports scientist, and diabetes educator who has been thriving with type 1 diabetes for over a decade. After his diagnosis at 22, Drew committed himself to make positive lifestyle changes and empowering others to do the same. He founded Drew’s Daily Dose, a platform designed to inspire, empower, and enable individuals to thrive, not just survive. Drew uses his professional expertise and personal experiences to help others take control of their health for optimal outcomes.

“Fast-track it, it’s one week, you’re going to learn so much and then you take that with you for the rest of your life.” Drew Harrisberg on The Proof Immersive Experience

In this episode, Drew and I discuss the use of CGMs for people without diabetes and the potential benefits of stretching for strength, range of motion, and hypertrophy. We delve into the topics of menopause, osteoporosis, and ways to improve bone mineral density.

We also touch on how to improve your gym training and reflect on recent episodes, including a recap of the blood lipids series with Dr. Thomas Dayspring. If you’re eager to take your knowledge of your own well-being to the next level, we introduce The Proof’s first immersive experience, an upcoming retreat-style event in Bali facilitated by Drew and me.

Specifically, we cover:

  • Do CGMs have potential beyond diabetes management? (4:14)
  • Blended fruit vs whole fruit for glycemic response (14:35)
  • Effects of long-term stretching (24:02)
  • Bone mineral density and menopause (33:40)
  • Review on different modality exercises for bone density (38:18)
  • Drew’s new fitness program (59:22)
  • Takeaways from the lipid series with Dr. Thomas Dayspring (1:06:54)
  • The Proof’s very first immersive experience (1:26:11)
  • When good deeds happen (1:39:05)
  • Outro (1:49:30)

Drew’s dedication to sharing his knowledge and insights with others is profound. His unique background as a qualified health professional and his personal experience living with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years fuel his passion for sharing his knowledge with others. Tune in to this engaging conversation and take away valuable insights to help you thrive in your own health journey.

To connect with Drew, you can reach him via his Instagram or website, Drew’s Daily Dose. Drew will also be co-facilitating our upcoming immersive experience, which you can learn about here. Make sure to catch his 11 previous episodes on the show, available on The Proof website, and check out the e-book for his new exercise program which will be released soon.

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Enjoy, friends.


More about Drew Harrisberg

Drew Harrisberg is an exercise physiologist, and sports scientist, has a graduate certificate in diabetes education and management, and most importantly — is a happy and healthy guy thriving with type 1 diabetes. After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 22, Drew made it his mission to regain control of his health by making positive changes to the way that he lives, eats, moves, and the mindset in which he approaches life. Drew has not only accepted living with diabetes but has also learned to manage it so that it doesn’t manage him.

Drew’s background as a qualified health professional and his personal experience living with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years is what fuels his passion for sharing everything he learns along the way, which is why he created Drew’s Daily Dose – a home that inspires, empowers, and enables people to thrive rather than simply survive.

Drew is a voice for the diabetes community and is an ambassador for Diabetes NSW. He has also presented a motivational TEDx talk.

Supporting studies

  • Denosumab Discontinuation and the Rebound Phenomenon: A Narrative Review • PMID: 33406802
  • Exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: an evidence-based guide to the optimal prescription • PMID: 9101427
  • Influence of Long-Lasting Static Stretching on Maximal Strength, Muscle Thickness and Flexibility • PMID: 35694390
  • Postprandial Glycemic Response to Whole Fruit versus Blended Fruit in Healthy, Young Adults • PMID: 36364827
  • Preventing Gastric Sieving by Blending a Solid/Water Meal Enhances Satiation in Healthy Humans • PMID: 22649258
  • Reducing saturated fat intake is associated with increased levels of LDL receptors on mononuclear cells in healthy men and women • PMID: 9101427

Additional resources

  • Assessing the Impact of Lipoprotein (a) Lowering With Pelacarsen (TQJ230) on Major Cardiovascular Events in Patients With CVD (Lp(a)HORIZON) • gov
  • Discover Drew’s Program • Drew’s Daily Dose
  • Discover The Proof’s Immersive Experience • The Proof
  • Dr Nicola Guess thread on blood glucose and CGMs • Twitter

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