Gradual Changes That Stuck | Casey’s Story

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

Casey's success story with the Mastering Diabetes Method and Mastering Diabetes coaching program is a story of gradually shifting towards a plant-based diet and increasing insulin sensitivity. Casey, who had Type 1 diabetes, was scared of carbohydrates, and his blood sugar levels were constantly fluctuating. He gradually started shifting towards a plant-based diet, consuming 150-200 grams of carbs, and primarily plant-based meals. He slowly started increasing his insulin sensitivity and started doing fully plant-based meals two or three times a week, with some olive oil.

During his daughter's birth, he was still debating about his diet, but after trying some food from his neighbor's vegan business, his insulin sensitivity increased significantly. Casey started consuming more carbohydrates to meet his caloric needs, and his insulin sensitivity went up to a ratio of one to 30. He even experienced a reduction in his heart rate fluctuations during exercise. Casey's A1c went down to 4.8, and he was able to significantly reduce his fat intake, and his insulin ratios improved.

Casey's story is inspiring, as it shows how gradually transitioning to a plant-based diet can improve insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar levels, and provide a healthier lifestyle. The Mastering Diabetes Method and coaching program have helped many people, including Casey, transition to a healthier diet and a better lifestyle.

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.