Mastering Diabetes Audio Experience

40 Episodes

By: Cyrus Khambatta, PhD & Robby Barbaro, MPH (both living with type 1 diabetes

Welcome to the Mastering Diabetes Audio Experience, where we teach you how to sit in the driver’s seat of your diabetes health for the rest of your life. We’ll teach you how to reverse insulin resistance, achieve your ideal body weight, gain energy, and get your BEST A1c following almost 100 years of evidence-based research in the Mastering Diabetes Program. Our program teaches you how to reverse prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and how to simplify your life with type 1 diabetes by maximizing your insulin sensitivity using food as medicine. We are on a bold mission to reverse insulin resi...

Discover the Surprising Connection Between Hypothyroidism, Gluten Intolerance, and Diabetes

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Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognized, admired, and compassionate speaker focusing on food sensitivities, environmental toxins, and autoimmune diseases.

Dr. O’Bryan is considered a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway towards better health.<...

700 g Of Carbohydrates For 1/3 The Insulin...Meet Nathan

Meet Nathan! Nathan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2019.⁣

He says, “I am really determined to stick to the whole food plant-based lifestyle, having finally found the truth about diet and after my amazing blood glucose control. I am in range more than ever and have fewer hypoglycemia events.”

After switching to a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet, Nathan now eats whole-carbohydrate foods without experiencing dramatic blood glucose fluctuations, he enjoys his food, he is now using much less insulin while eating 10 times the carbohydrates, and has more energy than he knows what to do with!!


Love Your Gut with The Gut Health Dr. Megan Rossi

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Megan Rossi to the show today!

Dr. Megan Rossi is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with an award-winning PhD in gut health and is considered one of the most influential gut health specialists internationally. As a leading Research Fellow at King’s College London, Megan investigates nutrition-based therapies in gut health, including prebiotics, probiotics, dietary fibers, plant-based diversity, the low-FODMAP diet, and food additives. She also founded The Gut Health Clinic, where she leads a team of gut-specialist dietitians to make an evidence-based approach more accessible.

She is also th...

How to Prevent Dementia And Alzheimer's Disease Using Your Food As Medicine With Team Sherzai

In our newest podcast episode, we sat down with Dean and Ayesha Sherzai.

Through research and their extensive medical backgrounds, they work to demystify the steps to achieving long-term brain health and the prevention of devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Sherzais are with us today because they are the world experts on how insulin resistance affects your brain.

We’re excited to talk about their upcoming new book, The 30-Day Alzheimer’s Solution.

In today’s podcast interview we will cover:

Fun facts about the brain Mind-blo...

The Hidden Heart Disease Risk Factor Few are Talking About with Joel Kahn

We are excited to be joined by Dr. Joel Kahn.

Dr. Kahn is a cardiologist and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School. 

He’s known as “America’s Holistic Heart Doc,” and has authored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He writes articles for MindBodyGreen, Thrive Global, and Reader’s Digest and has five books in publication including The Whole Heart Solution, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses as well as The Plant-Based Solution. 

He has regular...

Down 60+ lbs, Off 3 BP Meds, A1c Down in 3 Months...Meet Michael

Micheal was diagnosed with pre-diabetes one day and type 2 diabetes the next.

He heard the @richroll podcast that we were guests on and it gave him an immediate dose of hope that he desperately needed. He had lost his father to type 2 diabetes so Michael decided he owed it to his father to do everything he could to conquer his health. He completely transformed his health in just 3 months.

Michael was able to get rid of all of his medications and his sleep apnea machine, so no more snoring according to Michaels's wife! His energy is...

Diabetes Superfoods with Darin Olien from Down to Earth

In this episode with Darin Olien, we’ll talk about specific superfoods known as “adaptogens,” and the effect that they have on your metabolic, emotional, and spiritual health. Darin is a co-host on the widely popular Netflix docu-series “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” and host of the #1 Health & Wellness podcast "The Darin Olien Show."

Darin is also a highly recognized exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “SuperLife: The five fixes that will keep you healthy, fit, and eternally awesome."

In today’s podcast, we’ll dive into the specifi...

700 g Carbs Per Day, 90% Time-In-Range, 4.5% A1c...Meet Matt

Meet Matt: T1D, 700 g carbs per day, 45 u insulin per day, 4.5% A1c.

💉 Matt was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000.⁣

Later in life, he found himself nearing 300 pounds, lacking energy, and unable to control his blood glucose.

🌱 A coworker of Matt’s who is plant-based began talking to him about diabetes control and the ability of a plant-based diet to help. After watching videos online from he and his wife decided to try eating plant-based for 30 days. After a week, and consuming as many documentaries and podcasts as they could, they decided t...

Nutrition for Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes with Whitney English, RD

Whitney English is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist known for her engaging and evidence-based communication style. Whitney’s “Predominantly Plant-Based” nutrition philosophy is geared toward combating chronic disease and promoting longevity and is in stark contrast to the fad diets she encountered as a Hollywood news reporter. Her dedication to unbiased reporting makes her the perfect partner for spreading credible nutrition information to the masses.

In this episode of the Mastering Diabetes Audio Experience, we’ll cover:

What are the benefits of a plant-based pregnancy? Her response to critics that say a vegan or vegetarian diet isn’t safe for...

Party in My Plants with Tali Pollock

We have a different kind of show today, it’s not packed with science, instead, you will hear some practical tips on transiting to a plant-based diet and you will be inspired by Tali’s infectious personality. She says, “I wanted to figure out how to make eating plants as fun as a party because when you do eat plants your life can become as great as a party but you need to have both components the health and the happiness.”

In this episode of the Mastering Diabetes Audio Experience, we’ll cover:

14:00 The number one...

I Eat Almost No Carbs and My Blood Sugar Is Still High!

Charlotte is living with type 1 diabetes and decided the best way to manage it was by limited her carbohydrate intake to no more than 50 grams per day, yet still experienced high blood glucose values (over 300 mg/dL) after eating a banana or half a sweet potato

She often complained to herself: “I eat almost no carbs and my blood sugar is still high! How is this possible?”⁣

After switching to a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet, Charlotte now eats whole-carbohydrate foods without experiencing dramatic blood glucose spikes, has reached her ideal body weight and has more energy t...

Surprising Mental Health Tips and Their Impact on Chronic Disease with Chris Wark

In today’s episode, you are going to hear from Chris Wark who beat stage 3 colon cancer. He began sharing his story in 2010 with a mission to inspire people to take control of their health and reverse disease by radically changing their diet and lifestyle. 

Chris has a brand new book titled, “Beat Cancer Daily”. It’s a timely book in which Chris shares nuggets of inspiration, encouragement, and actions for surviving life’s difficult storms. If you haven’t picked up his first book, “Chris Beat Cancer” we suggest grabbing both of them together.

Link to Chris' ne...

How Dietary Cholesterol Makes You Insulin Resistant with Joel Fuhrman, MD

Today we are joined by an internationally recognized nutrition expert, board-certified family physician, New York Times bestselling author, and nutritional researcher Dr. Joel Fuhrman who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through plant-based nutrition. He is known as the father of “nutritarian” eating and will share his exact formula for achieving your healthiest life.

Specifically, we cover:

2:30 He will define nutrient density and a nutritarian diet. 7:03 What is the ANDI index and how does it calculate the nutrients in your diet? 12:21 Are eggs healthy? 15:42 How does dietary cholesterol affect your insulin sensitivity? 19:40 How do micronutrients affect your...

A Plant-Based Ketogenic Diet For People Living With Diabetes with Simon Hill

We had another chance to sit down with Simon Hill on the Plant Proof podcast. This time for a deep dive into the plant-based ketogenic diet and whether or not it is a good option for patients with insulin resistance and Diabetes.

Specifically, we cover:

11:40 Why a low carbohydrate diet is popular for people living with diabetes and frequently recommenced by Doctors 14:40 Low carbohydrate diets are good at promoting weight loss but often negatively affect biomarkers of cardiovascular risk 20:35 A new 2019 study looking at a traditional Ketogenic Diet 25:19 Definition of reversing diabetes based on certain criteria 35:35...

Why Insulin Resistance Underlies All Forms of Diabetes – and What You Can Do About It

Many medical professionals only associate insulin resistance with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and most people living with diabetes make the same mistake. The truth is that insulin resistance can affect everyone living with diabetes. It turns out there are three different “flavors” of diabetes that we will cover in detail during this episode and insulin resistance is the central node that connects them all.

Specifically, we cover:

0:55 — How Cyrus found out he was living with type 1 diabetes 9:35 — Why diabetes is the best thing that ever happened to him 11:48 — What is insulin resistance and what is the cause 19:2...

Plant-Based Eating on a Budget with Renae Thomas, MD

Oftentimes, eating nutrient-dense foods is assumed to be expensive and not available to all economic classes. We sat down with Renea Thomas, MD to discuss how eating a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet can be affordable and meet all your nutritional requirements.

During the episode, you’ll hear Dr. Thomas discuss a PDF that includes recipes and instructions about how to eat a week of plant-based eating for approximately $4 per day. You can view that PDF by clicking here.

If you are looking for more information on how you can eat well on a tight budget, ma...

The Surprising Truth About the Ketogenic Diet, Insulin Resistance, and Alzheimer’s Disease

We have an action-packed episode for you today. Make sure to grab a pen and paper or type notes on your phone because this one is full of some mind-boggling information you’ll want to remember to share with your friends and loved ones.

Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are two of the most brilliant humans we’ve ever met. 

We feel very fortunate to call them friends and soak up their brilliance. We’re honored to be able to share their work with you in today’s episode.

Before we get into that, we...

Surprising Facts about Fructose and Diabetes

We have a gem for you today! We sat down with Dr. Jim Loomis who is one of the most knowledgeable doctors we’ve ever met and he was actually our medical director at our last in-person retreat in Costa Rica.

We had him booked and ready to go for our next retreat in Costa Rica, but that has been postponed. So we have created a virtual retreat!

Canceling was disappointing, but we’ve take this opportunity to create a better and more affordable immersive experience!

We have three different pricing options and a to...

Next Level Gut Health – How Short Chain Fatty Acids Fix Leaky Brain and Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Hey everyone, we are really excited to bring you one of our most fascinating interviews to date. We just wrapped up an interview with Dr. B and he blew our minds once again!

His new book Fiber Fueled is out right now and we talked about it in today’s interview. 

If you are interested in losing weight, maximizing your insulin sensitivity, boosting your immunity, eliminating brain fog, gaining energy and so much more, this book is for you! 

Here are just a few things you will learn in this interview: 

How Dr. B...

The Surprising Connection Between Everyday Toxins and Insulin Resistance, PCOS, Endometriosis and Weight Gain

Today we are excited to be joined by Dr. Vivian Chen.

Dr. Chen has 14 years of experience as a doctor in the UK. She trained in internal medicine and dermatology in London before moving into Family Practice.

Today’s show is a bit different than many of our others because our conversation with Dr. Vivian Chen focuses on food, but also on specific environmental contaminants that can increase your risk for insulin resistance as well as other metabolic diseases.

It’s true that excess saturated fat is one of the most potent and reli...

Diabetes and Coronavirus — Separating Fact From Fiction

There is a lot of confusion right now. You’ll hear many experts warning you against charlatans and trying to take advantage of people selling products that are not effective.

We agree you should be careful and gather information from trusted sources.

Let’s take some time to separate fact from fiction.

After interviews 9 incredibly well-informed experts, we want to share a few tidbits.

This coming Saturday through Monday, April 11-13 we’ll be hosting a special, FREE online mini-summit about COVID-19 and Diabetes.

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How Adam Shrunk a Large Kidney Tumor and Shocked His Medical Team

Mark your calendar for April 11-13. We’ll be hosting a special online mini-summit about COVID-19 and diabetes. Register with the link below!

In today’s show, we had the opportunity to interview Adam and Shoshana of the Plant Trainers Podcast, a husband-and-wife combo and incredibly inspirational individuals who are helping to spread the word about the power of plant-based nutrition.

You’ll learn Adam’s powerful story about getting diagnosed with a kidney tumor before he began eating a plant-based diet, even though he was an avid athlete...

Diabetes Doctor — How to Find a Plant-Based Physician with Experience Reversing Chronic Disease

Are you looking for a diabetes doctor to help you improve your blood glucose control, reverse insulin resistance and other chronic diseases? In this episode of the Mastering Diabetes Audio Experience, you’ll learn how to find a plant-based telehealth doctor from the comfort of your own home! 

Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA is double board-certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine physician who has been utilizing food as medicine since 2012.  Anthony Masiello is a Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach who has been helping individuals transform their lives for more than a decade.

Together they are work...

The Stunning Gut–Diabetes Connection (Type 1 and Type 2)

Cyrus and I are both living with type 1 diabetes and experienced remarkable improvements in our insulin sensitivity, energy levels and overall health after adopting the Mastering Diabetes Method which we’ve both been following for a combined 29 years. 

Our improvement in insulin sensitivity has decreased or risk for developing common chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and kidney disease. Additionally, living in an insulin-sensitive state allows us to control our blood glucose with precision and live active, joyful lives! 

We address all this and much, more in our brand new book titled Mastering Diabetes. I co...

Supporting Your Family Member with Diabetes Without Being a Nag

Stacey Simms is the host of the award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections and the author of “The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom.”

Stacey's son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, one month before he turned two, and Stacey started blogging about her family's experience with T1D a few weeks later. For more than a decade, she hosted Charlotte’s Morning News on WBT-AM, the city’s top-rated morning radio news show.

Stacey's been named to Diabetes Forecast Magazine's "12 People to Know,” the Charlotte Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” and as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg...

Truly Reversing Insulin Resistance & Type 2 Diabetes with Simon Hill from Plant Proof

In Episode 90 Simon Hill of The Plant Proof Podcast had us on his show to chat about Diabetes (Type 1, 1a, Pre, and Type 2) and the role that nutrition plays on insulin resistance. We go through the body of scientific literature and explain what causes insulin resistance and how to actually reverse it.

Specifically we cover:

Our personal journeys with Type 1 Diabetes Pathophysiology of Insulin Resistance Difference between low carb ketogenic type diets for Insulin Resistance and High Carb Low Fat diets Why Keto diets can promote insulin resistance (poorer ability to handle carbohydrates) What truly reversing...

10 Things You Will Learn In The Mastering Diabetes Book

The Mastering Diabetes Book is finally finished and ready for YOU!

Writing a book is a labor of love. We worked hard for more than 2 years to scour the scientific literature and deeply understand all the arguments made from various camps in the world of diabetes health. We discuss information and specific research we’ve never shared with anyone before.

This book is a step-by-step manual that puts you in the driver's seat of your diabetes health. Backed by more than 800+ scientific references, the Mastering Diabetes Method is the world’s premier evidence-based approach to reve...

All Fat Is Not Created Equal

In the world of nutrition we hear about what we should eat and what not to eat, how much to eat and so on and so forth. The internet is ripe with nutrition information and voices that contradict each other, especially when it comes to the consumption of dietary fat. We are one of those voices trying to educate you on the importance of eating a low-fat, plant based, whole food diet.

The consumption of excess fat can lead to the deposition or the accumulation of excess fat inside of your liver and muscle and how that...

Blue Zones Kitchen — Secrets of Long-Lived People & What They Eat

Best-selling author Dan Buettner debuts his first cookbook, filled with 100 longevity recipes inspired by the Blue Zones locations around the world, where people live the longest.

The Mastering Diabetes Book is finally finished and ready for YOU! Pre-order your copy today!

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How to Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator and Transform Your Mental Health with Daniele Hangenrader

Daniele Hargenrader, founder of Diabetes Dominator Coaching, is a Bestselling Author, Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach & Personal Trainer, and International Keynote Speaker.

She guides people to think, eat, and move intuitively in order to achieve a quality of health and life they previously thought unattainable through her repeatedly proven

Six Pillars of Total Health system of cultivating the practices and powers of self-love, choice, and community after her own transformation from obese & clinically depressed with an eating disorder, to a joyful, empowered athlete with diabetes.

Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss fu...

The Masculine Side of Low-Fat, Plant-Based, Whole-Food Nutrition

Rip Esselstyn is a New York Times Bestselling author and the creator of the Engine 2 Diet, a plant-based diet that helped save the lives of his firefighting crew in Austin, Texas, and has gone on to help tens of thousands of people around the world transition to a plant-based diet for optimal health with his live events, online education, healthy food line and books.

Rip has written 4 books, The Engine 2 Diet, Plant-Strong: Discover The World's Healthiest Diet, The Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue Diet and The Engine 2 Cookbook.

He was featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives...

Understanding Why Your Microbiome Determines Your Metabolic Health

Ron Weiss, MD, is a botanist, board certified internist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is founder of Ethos Health, a farm-based healthcare system that connects human health to the natural world and fosters the fundamental connections that exist between all living things.

Dr. Weiss is known as a “physician-farmer” who grows the food he prescribes to his patients. He has been covered in the New York TImes and on the Today Show, and has patients fly in from thousands of miles away to seek medical care from him.


From Keto to Plant-Based: How I Maximized My Insulin Sensitivity with Drew Harrisberg

If you’re confused about the benefits or drawbacks of eating a keto diet, or curious about whether a plant-based keto diet is worth your effort, we have a fantastic podcast episode for you!
In this episode we sat down with Drew Harrisberg on national diabetes day. He has a fascinating story about his transition from a keto diet to a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet, and does an incredible job of explaining what motivated him to make the transition.

The Mastering Diabetes book is finally finished and ready for YOU! Pre-order your copy today!

The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss with Chef AJ

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series “Healthy Living with CHEF AJ” which airs on Foody TV. She will also be sharing pro tips to simplify low-fat, plant-based, whole-food preparation.

Chef AJ will be sharing practical tips and tricks to reach your ideal weight. She has personal experience with losing weight on a plant based diet and has helped many people do the same!

This is our resource that applies to what Chef AJ taught us today!  Calorie Density / High Carb Foods list:<...

How to Reduce Metformin Dosage Using Your Food as Medicine – Lucie’s Story

How to reduce metformin is a question we receive quite often. Metformin is a commonly prescribed mediation for people living with type 2 diabetes. In this podcast episode you will hear about the lifestyle changes Lucie made in order to stop taking metformin. We strongly suggest working with your doctor when making any medication adjustments. You can show them this episode and provide additional resumes from Mastering Diabetes so they understand how to stop taking metformin.

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Michael Greger, MD

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on a number of important public health issues. He is the author of How Not to Die and recently released the How Not to Die Cookbook.

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Adult Onset Type 1 Diabetes and Thriving – Kim’s Story

Adult Onset Type 1 Diabetes does not have to be a roller coaster of emotions. In this video you will learn how Kim discovered she was living with type 1 diabetes and the dietary changes that allowed her to have predictable blood glucose levels.

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Why Protein is NOT the Answer for People with Diabetes with Garth Davis, MD

Garth Davis, MD, is the medical director of the Davis Clinic at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and starred on the hit TLC show Big Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Davis is the author of Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession With Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.

At the retreat, our mission is to open your eyes to the ef...

Pharmaceutical Medication vs. a Plant-Based Diet – Which is More Effective? With Dr. Dean Ornish

Dr. Dean Ornish AKA The Godfather of Lifestyle Medicine joins us today to discuss pharmaceutical medication vs. a plant-based diet  and to find out which is more effective.

Dr. Ornish and his team were the first to prove heart disease is not just preventable but also reversible. He will teach us about the connection between heart disease and diabetes. We will also hear an answer to the question, in order to have good health results, would someone have to give up animal products completely?

Come join us in Costa Rica for our retreat!


She Eats Unlimited Carbohydrates and What Happens Next Will Amaze You

Our client Sam has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 5 years old. Before finding Mastering Diabetes, her blood glucose ranged from 25 mg/dL to over 400 mg/dL on an average day. She woke up feeling exhausted every morning and found herself needing to take a nap every few hours. Find out what happened when she decided to eschew conventional wisdom and begin allowing herself to eat an unlimited amount of whole-food carbohydrates at every meal.


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