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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 016. | February 23, 2023
016: Mastering Diabetes the Plant-Based Way with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD 
016: Mastering Diabetes the Plant-Based Way with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD 

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Nothing will ever be the same

What began as a search for information to relieve a condition that literally stopped Cyrus Khambatta in his tracks, turned into his life’s work.

As a healthy college student who prided himself on his physical and athletic abilities, any type of illness was the furthest thing from Cyrus’ mind. Yet, life had a different plan for Cy.

Cy’s world turned upside down when he was diagnosed with several conditions including Hashimoto disease, Alopecia Areata and Type I diabetes. Within 24 hours, his life changed forever.

His doctors prescribed multiple medications without a solid plan of action or much hope that he could get healthy.

“I felt extremely vulnerable,” Cy remembers.

Unable to receive answers to questions he posed to various doctors, Cy knew he had to ask himself better questions.  

“What do I do to maximize my quality of life and avoid major complications?” became his daily mantra.

During this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino goes deep with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD about how Cy went from a pain-filled life to one of freedom beyond his wildest dreams.

Find out how his failing health put him on a road to becoming a world-renowned authority on Mastering Diabetes the Plant-Based Way!

Not only do Dr. Sabatino and Cyrus discuss the various types of diabetes and the causes for each, but they also dig deep into what Cy refers to as “nerd” conversations about the science of how foods react in our bodies.

Episode Highlights

[03:00]             It all began with several health challenges

{07:30}            Navigating unforeseen obstacles

[12:00]             Dramatic measures result in dramatic improvements

[14:30]             Six flavors of diabetes exposed

[18:00]             Is it possible to reverse diabetes?

[19:30]             Diabetes of the brain is on the rise

[22:45]             How diet impacts diabetes

[28:00]             The long-term fat storage depot in your body

[30:00]             Cy geeks out on the insulin process

[38:30]             The truth about chronic disease

[42:20]             The role exercise plays in mastering diabetes

[50:00]             Leaving a lasting impact

About Cyrus Khambatta, PhD 

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD is a New York Times bestselling co-author of Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.

He is the co-founder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green, and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 2002.

Cy co-created the Mastering Diabetes Method to reverse insulin resistance in all forms of diabetes and has helped more than 10,000 people improve their metabolic health using low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition, intermittent fasting, and exercise.

Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003. He then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications. 

Cy is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference (ACLM), Plant Stock, the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and has been featured on The Doctors, NPR, KQED, Forks Over Knives, Healthline, Fast Company, Diet Fiction, and the wildly popular podcasts the Rich Roll PodcastPlant Proof, MindBodyGreen, and Nutrition Rounds. 

He has been published in dozens of Scientific Publications and continues his life’s work of raising awareness about how to Master Diabetes in a revolutionary way; with food as medicine.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

More information:

Conference (75th Annual)

A one-of-a-kind experience, the annual NHA Conference features top leaders in the plant-based movement. Attendees of the in-person event enjoy 100% no SOS plant-exclusive meals.

To learn more and reserve your spot, visit


A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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