Cyrus Khambatta PhD on Mastering Diabetes with a whole food plant-based diet

“When it comes to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, 85-90% of all cases are fully reversible.” -Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

There are over 34 million people with diabetes in the U.S. and it is estimated that over 8 million are currently undiagnosed. In addition, there are over 97 million Americans with pre-diabetes and the numbers are increasing.

Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood, by either the body’s inability to produce insulin (T1D) caused by an autoimmune disease or the body’s inability to properly regulate blood glucose levels (T2D) due to insulin resistance.

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, along with my friend Robby Barbaro, is the co-founder of and the New York Times bestselling co-author of Mastering Diabetes, the book. Together they have helped more than 10,000 people effectively manage type 1 diabetes and heal type 2 diabetes, by reversing the underlying cause of insulin resistance. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, as well as a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012.

In 2002 Cyrus was diagnosed with three autoimmune conditions: type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and alopecia. He adopted a low-carb diet, which did not improve his condition, made him feel progressively worse, and required increasing doses of insulin.

Then Cyrus discovered a different approach, a high-carb, low-fat, whole-food plant-based diet with unlimited fruit. This dietary strategy transformed his health and allowed him to reduce his insulin use by more than 40%!

In this interview, Cyrus tells his remarkable story and clinical research findings and outlines a simple dietary strategy to reverse insulin resistance, lose weight, and lower A1c, all of which help to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes and effectively manage type 1.

Cyrus Khmabatta is a passionate patient advocate helping people transform their health and Master Diabetes every day. Enjoy!

Watch our interview below, or listen to it on the Chris Beat Cancer podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

Unedited interview transcript

Show notes
-Cyrus saves the day and gets Chris to his talk!
-Cyrus’ type 1 diabetes diagnosis and bleak prognosis [5:09]
-Cyrus finds fruit! [13:02]
-Understanding the causes of diabetes [16:25]
-The “sugar causes diabetes” myth [18:09]
-How saturated fat causes insulin resistance and high blood sugar [23:35]
-What happens when you cut out saturated fat [32:45]
-The oil and water analogy for insulin resistance [36:37]
-Internal damage and diseases caused by a high-fat diet [37:58]
-The power of whole plant foods [41:14]
-You don’t have to become a vegan [42:02]
-How to get 10+ servings of fruits and veggies per day [45:35]
-The pro-meat, anti-vegetable movement [49:06]
-Don’t blindly “follow the science,” consider the science [50:55]
-The most pervasive bias is “meat lovers bias” [54:35]
-The primary fuel source for your brain is… [55:16]
-The Mastering Diabetes program [59:17]
-What Cyrus eats in a day [01:07:34]

Connect with Cyrus Khambatta:
Facebook: Mastering Diabetes
Instagram: @masteringdiabetes
YouTube: masteringdiabetes
The book: Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH
Plant-based physicians network:

Resources mentioned in the interview:
My interview and tropical fruit tasting with Robby Barbaro of Mastering Diabetes
The Animal Protein Cancer Connection
Dan Buettner on The Blue Zones: Secrets for Living Longer
Beat Cancer Kitchen: Deliciously Simple Plant-Based AntiCancer Recipes
The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight One Lucious Bite at a Time by Dr. Douglass N. Graham

Beat Cancer Kitchen: Deliciously Simple Plant-Based Anticancer Recipes Get it on Amazon here
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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Eva

    Please, you don’t buy into the “eat a candy bar” for your brain. MCT oil is fuel for the brain, and it is a fat, a plant fat. Your brain is mostly cholesterol. Reducing your cholesterol or salt to zero will end your life. Cancer can be caused with a single deficiency in your body, so it’s complex. HFCS and seed oils are massively damaging and definitely cause fatty liver. There’s more to the story.

  2. Janet

    I heard Dr Cynthia Foster in a webinar recently mention that Type 1 Diabetes can be feversed. I wondered if Chris or Cyrus has looked into her protocol?

  3. Elizabeth

    Maybe this is a silly question, but what do you put on potatoes if you eat them every day and you don’t have butter or cheese or any fats with it?

  4. Ira Hirschel

    Hi Chris
    Are you familiar with Professor Thomas Seyfried and his metabolic cancer protocol? Lots of YouTube videos out there.

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