Warning! I Get Emotional
I’ve been reminiscing about how I got into the business of dedicating my life to metabolic health.
I was a second semester senior at Stanford studying biochemistry. I had my post-college job lined up - and the truth is, I was enjoying life. That’s when everything changed.
I started to feel really thirsty and started drinking more than a gallon of water per day. I was peeing 20 times a day. I was getting terrible cramps and I couldn’t concentrate on anything.
I went to the student health center. They checked my blood glucose and they rushed me to the hospital. Within hours of arriving I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
To say I was crushed is an understatement. I felt like my life was ending - and in truth, people with type 1 diabetes have a life expectancy that is shorter by 11 years on average.
I was scared and confused. I was an athlete and was very focused on my health my entire life. How could this be happening to me?
My Days of Low-Carb Eating
The doctors told me that many people suffer with diabetes and the way to manage it was to take insulin and eat a very low carbohydrate diet. About a month in, I felt physically and mentally slow - I was taking a ton of insulin, and my blood glucose was still uncontrolled.
I remember one day - I had spent the entire day being a model patient. Even though I had no energy, I played 2 hours of soccer that morning. I ate nearly zero carbohydrates the entire day. I got home that night, made dinner and checked my blood glucose: 280. I was furious. I threw my blood glucose monitor against the wall and it shattered into a million pieces. I sat on the couch and cried. What was I going to do?
To say I turned it all around that night would be a lie. The truth is, it took me a WHILE to find, learn about and adopt what really did change my life - a low fat, plant-based, whole-food diet.
Earning a PhD and Studying The Truth about Metabolic Health
It is because of my journey that I spent the better part of a decade getting my PhD from UC Berkeley in Nutritional Biochemistry. I read over 3,000 scientific papers on diabetes, and wrote and defended my thesis on insulin resistance.
I have dedicated my life to helping people not manage, but REVERSE metabolic disease by adopting a low-fat, plant-based whole-food diet. If you are struggling with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, hypertension, coronary artery disease, obesity, insulin resistance, or heart disease- I encourage you to learn more about Mastering Diabetes. Click here or simply google my name, Cyrus Khambatta, and come join us. I want to help you!
My nutrition journey is ALSO how I learned about amla. Over the course of my research into nutrition - it became clear to me that amla can be an incredible tool to support metabolic health.
HOWEVER, I want to be very clear with everyone - IF you are suffering from metabolic disease - I want you to adopt a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet BEFORE relying on a quick fix like amla. I do not want you to reach for the easy solution before adopting long lasting change.
The Power of Amla
Amla is an incredibly powerful medicinal plant and I do not want you to use it to mask the symptoms of an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you are on the path to a healthy lifestyle, please learn from me and my experience. Although I didn’t feel this way at first, diabetes was the best thing to ever happen to me. I am healthier now that I was on college, and I get the privilege of helping people like you.