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Mastering Diabetes: A Conversation with Cyrus Khambatta

In 1991 the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization created World Diabetes Day in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It is marked every year on November 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

Though the World Diabetes Day campaign, now nearly 30 years old, serves in keeping diabetes in the public and political spotlight, the sad reality is that, according to the IDF website, nearly 1 in 11 adults (463 million) suffered from diabetes in 2019 and this number expected to rise to 578 million by 2030. At the same time, it is estimated that at least $760 billion in health expenditures in 2019 alone– an unsustainable 10% of the global total spent on healthcare, was spent in the treatment of diabetes. 

All of this comes despite the fact that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition and healthy lifestyle as effective interventions in the prevention and in many cases, reversal of, devastating illnesses such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and more.

With so much of the current conventional medical conversation around diabetes focused on costly and minimally effectively pharmaceutical interventions, in honor of this year’s World Diabetes Day, we’re pleased to share a powerful conversation that Plantrician Project Co-Founder, Scott Stoll, MD recently had with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD in which they discuss the role a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet can play in the treatment, management and even sometimes reversal, of diabetes.

During this short but incredibly enlightening conversation, Dr. Khambatta, succinctly outlines the  biochemical functions that explain how and why high dietary fat intake, and not carbohydrate intake, is  the primary cause of the insulin resistance that results in pre-diabetes and subsequently type 2 diabetes. He then just as succinctly outlines how and why a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet can be effective in preventing and often reversing insulin resistance.  

As World Diabetes Day approaches, we hope you enjoy this important conversation and share it with your colleagues, friends, and family. It is critically important that all physicians, clinicians, health practitioners and those they serve, come to understand just how powerful the whole food, plant based diet and healthy lifestyle can be in the treatment and prevention of this devastating yet preventable disease.

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD is a New York Times best-selling co-author of the book Mastering Diabetes, co-founder of and is one of the world’s foremost experts in using whole food, plant-based nutrition and lifestyle as a medical intervention for diabetes. In addition to effectively managing his own type 1 diabetes, Dr. Khambatta and his team at Mastering Diabetes have helped thousands of people with types 1, 1.5 and 2 diabetes thrive using whole food plant-based nutrition.  Similarly, he and his team have also helped countless numbers of clients completely reverse their type 2 diabetes symptoms altogether using the same simple nutritional principles.

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