Permanently Reversing Insulin Resistance—Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, and Robby Barbaro, MPH—Mastering Diabetes
In the world of diabetes, Khambatta and Barbaro are teaching something that no one else is, and it’s working.
In this episode, you will learn:
- What it means to be insulin resistant, and how insulin resistance develops in the body
- How refined sugar differs from natural sugar in terms of the mechanisms by which they are metabolized and promote insulin secretion in the body
- Nutrition facts and the best diet for type 1 diabetes (and why it’s not what you’ve been told)
- How even a small amount of oil can immediately and negatively impact a person who has diabetes
“Am I a freak of nature?” That was the one question Khambatta had for his professors while in graduate school for nutritional biochemistry. He’d been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 22, put on insulin, and told to adhere to a low-carb diet. Over time, his blood glucose levels rose, he needed an increasing amount of insulin, and the symptoms of type 1 diabetes hadn’t subsided; he knew something wasn’t right with the prescribed treatment.
After conducting his own research on his condition and trying to determine why the recommended treatment didn’t seem to be working, he came upon a nutrition professional who advised him to transition to a low-fat, plant-based, whole-foods diet. The result? After one week, Khambatta cut his insulin use by 40% while at the same time consuming six times the amount of carbs that the doctor recommended.
Determined to figure out how this was possible—and whether other people with diabetes could benefit in the same way—Khambatta dove deeper into the research on diabetes and discovered a whole collection of papers that described precisely what he was experiencing.
Since then, he and Barbaro (who had a very similar experience with type 1 diabetes) have taught thousands of people how to follow in their footsteps by transitioning to a low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based diet. Together, Khambatta and Barbaro have founded Mastering Diabetes, a program that aims to translate the true science of insulin resistance for the people who need it most.
“This carbohydrate-insulin model that the diabetes world operates off of—that the more carbohydrates you eat the more insulin you need, and/or the more carbohydrates you eat the fatter you get and the harder your pancreas has to work—that whole story is convoluted and is correct only in very specific situations,” explains Khambatta.
Tune in to hear the full conversation, and check out the book, Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. Learn more at https://www.masteringdiabetes.org/.
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