Gaining Healthy Weight and Controlling Diabetes | Owen’s Story

Article written and reviewed by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Published May 22, 2023

Owen's experience with type 1 diabetes was challenging, as he struggled with high A1C levels, fluctuating blood glucose, low weight, and a lack of energy. However, everything changed when he discovered the Mastering Diabetes Method and decided to join the coaching program.

Improving A1C and Blood Glucose

Before implementing the Mastering Diabetes Method, Owen faced significant challenges in managing his A1C and blood glucose levels. His A1C was initially at a high 14.3%, and his fasting blood glucose hovered around 300 mg/dL. However, after incorporating the principles of the Mastering Diabetes Method, Owen experienced remarkable improvements. His A1C dropped to around 6%, indicating better long-term blood glucose control. Additionally, his fasting blood glucose level decreased to approximately 100 mg/dL, demonstrating improved overall blood sugar management.

Overcoming Low Weight

Owen's low weight was a major concern for him, as he weighed only 140 pounds at a height of 6 feet 2 inches. With the guidance of the Mastering Diabetes Method, Owen started to focus on building a healthier body. By following the program and making conscious dietary choices, he gradually gained weight, reaching around 155 pounds. This positive change not only helped him achieve a healthier body composition but also boosted his confidence and overall well-being.

Increased Energy and Exercise Capacity

One of the most significant benefits Owen experienced through the Mastering Diabetes Method was a substantial increase in his energy levels. Previously, regardless of the meal he consumed, Owen would often feel bloated and fatigued, limiting his ability to engage in physical activities. However, after adopting the Mastering Diabetes principles, he noticed a remarkable shift. Owen's energy levels soared, allowing him to exercise without feeling the need to curl up on the couch immediately after eating. This newfound energy motivated him to incorporate more exercise into his routine and further enhance his physical fitness.

Navigating Challenges and Seeking Support

Owen's journey towards mastering diabetes was not without obstacles. While following the method independently, he encountered difficulties in gaining weight while maintaining blood sugar control. However, with the support of the Mastering Diabetes coaching program, Owen found guidance and solutions to his challenges. The program helped him recognize the importance of consuming sufficient calories and provided valuable tips and insights from individuals who had experienced similar obstacles. This support system was instrumental in Owen's success and allowed him to overcome barriers along his journey.

Embracing a Habit-Based Approach

Owen found the habit-based approach of the Mastering Diabetes Method particularly effective. Rather than overwhelming himself with drastic changes, he focused on incorporating a few key habits into his daily routine. This approach provided a gradual yet sustainable path to success. Owen believes in the power of habits and recommends others to explore this approach as well.

Recommendations and Conclusion

Owen's experience with the Mastering Diabetes Method and coaching program showcases the potential for positive change and improved well-being. If you're on the fence about embracing a whole-food, plant-based approach to diabetes management, Owen suggests starting by reading the Mastering Diabetes book and gradually implementing the principles into your life. If you find value in this approach, he highly recommends considering the coaching program, as it provides personalized guidance and support.

Owen's journey serves as an inspiration for anyone struggling with diabetes, reminding them that with determination, knowledge, and the right support, they can achieve significant improvements in their health and well-being.

About the author 

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. He 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, 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.

He 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 Podcast, Plant Proof, MindBodyGreen, and Nutrition Rounds.