Kimberly’s A1c Transformation! From 11 to 6.8 A1c in Just 3 Months

Article written and reviewed by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH
Published September 8, 2022

Imagine a method so powerful that the results surprise even you, making every day another round of motivation to continue. Well, that fantasy became reality for Kimberly, who was able to transform her A1c from 11% to 6.8% in just 3 months and is still making incredible progress. 

Should you try it? Well, Kimberly says so, and after reading her story you’ll probably agree!

“I’m Not Burying Another Child”

Kimberly’s story starts years ago, when she began to notice a number of strange symptoms – feeling tired all of the time, foggy, experiencing night sweats. When the symptoms didn’t get better, Kimberly confided in her mother, who insisted that Kimberly go to the doctor for some guidance. 

It was the right instinct, but going to the doctor – like for so many others in Kimberly’s situation – didn’t prove to be a silver bullet.

The Rough Early Days

After Kimberly’s first diagnosis, she was prescribed Byetta, but due to a family history of pancreatitis and pancreatic disease (which can cause side effects when paired with Byetta), she elected not to take it. 

Instead, she started on a significant dose of Metformin to combat her high A1c (which was regularly above double-digits), which had its own challenges. For Kimberly in particular, she noticed numerous GI tract problems, and when she was first prescribed glipizide as well to combat her still-increasing diabetes, the results were disastrous. 

Kimberly was shaking, about to pass out, and completely unable to perform the basic duties of her work. When she measured her blood sugar, it was down to 58 – low enough to be classified as a hypoglycemic crisis. 

Confused, frustrated, and feeling even sicker than she had before starting treatment, Kimberly went into denial, hoping that her condition would go away by not accepting it and ignoring the meds that she felt weren’t working.

The Breaking Point

And for a brief period, Kimberly noticed herself feeling better. But eventually, her unrestricted blood glucose started to cause complications again. Kimberly started feeling sick, would be tired all of the time, and just had enough energy to go to work, come home, and go to bed. 

Even though she was eating, she was always hungry, so she ended up snacking at night, which just made her feel worse. She started getting rashes and skin problems, her hair would fall out, she was tired of being tired, and most of all, she was emotionally worn down. 

Kimberly is a person who cares deeply about faith and family, and she turned to both for support as she began to look for a solution that would change the course of her life. And through chance, she did, stumbling upon the world of plant-based nutrition and eventually Mastering Diabetes. 

Kimberly read story after story of people just like her who had had their lives changed, and in time Kimberly decided to take the plunge. 

“After all, what did I have to lose other than being a little bit healthier?”

An Incredible Transformation

When Kimberly joined Mastering Diabetes, she had an 11.3% A1c, was at her heaviest weight (230+ lbs), and was feeling not just bad in general, but bad about herself. Where had it all gone wrong, she asked. 

But within the first few weeks, Kimberly noticed something changing. She started to lose weight. Her A1c started to go down. She was dropping clothes sizes. She noticed that she could satisfy her sweet tooth with fruit, rather than reaching for junk food, and she started to feel much better. 

She stuck with the program, and within just 3 months she had dropped from a size 20 to a size 14 (and now is past 12 and dropping), all just by changing her diet. Now, Kimberly has the energy to start exercising and knows that as soon as she gets daily movement she’ll feel even better.

And people in Kimberly’s life are noticing. Providers and coworkers who gave her the friendly nickname “Munch” due to Kimberly’s constant snacking when she was suffering from a high A1c have commented that they’ll have to change the name to “Healthy Munch” due to her new choices and lifestyle.

Even more so than just changing friendly, teasing nicknames has been the support from Kimberly’s coworkers, who have helped her celebrate her results each step of the way, cheered for Kim’s improved health, and have even reached out to her about talking to patients suffering similar conditions because her results have been so impressive.

And Still Going Strong

Now, Kimberly has so much energy that she has to make sure she reminds herself to get to bed on time (after quite a few long nights amazed that she wasn’t as dead tired as she’d been before). 

And even though Kimberly is getting a little older, she has far more energy than even before she went to the hospital first – which makes sense, as she’d likely been living with insulin resistance for years before the symptoms became clear. 

Along with that new energy, Kimberly has fresher mental clarity, rarely experiences any kind of mental fog, and feels better, all of which have been further motivation to continue. In fact, Kimberly explains that she could see herself sticking with this plan for the rest of her life. 

Not really missing meat has been a pleasant development, though Kimberly jokes that every once in a while she’s still tempted by fried fish and crab legs, two of her favorites prior to adopting the Mastering Diabetes lifestyle. The results have just been that convincing.

From Kimberly to You

Kimberly has experienced a lot of ups and downs during her diabetes journey but recommends at least trying this method for anyone else in a similar situation, explaining that even if you’re not convinced to do so for your own health, do it for the people who care about you. 

Kimberly explains that she used to have dreams of her son finding her dead in the bedroom due to diabetes, and wanting to have confidence in her health not just for her, but for her family, was a big motivator. 

“Try it. If not for yourself, then for the people who love you and would miss you. But once you see the results, and how great you feel, you’ll want to stick with it.”

Thank you so much to Kimberly for taking the time to share her courageous story. And if you’d like to learn more about how you can be the next success story of the Mastering Diabetes method, you can reach out to our team to get a personalized discovery call here!

About the author 

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, and Robby Barbaro, MPH are the coauthors of the New York Times bestselling book Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. They are the cofounders of Mastering Diabetes, a coaching platform that teaches people how to reverse insulin resistance via low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition. Cyrus has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002, and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from UC Berkeley. Robby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000, and has been living a plant-based lifestyle since 2006. He worked at Forks Over Knives for 6 years, and earned a Master’s in Public Health in 2019.