Lifestyle Change, Not Meds | Toliver’s Story

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

Toliver’s story started just like so many of ours. He was dealing with high blood pressure and prediabetes, and his doctor recommended medication. However, Toliver was hesitant to take medication and wanted to make lifestyle changes instead. 

He decided to join the Mastering Diabetes coaching program and worked with Amy Lee, who he describes as a rockstar coach. She helped Toliver break down his goals into manageable steps and kept him accountable throughout the program.

Toliver struggled with tracking his progress at first, but Amy convinced him of the benefits of keeping a journal. He gradually cut out processed foods and high-fat foods and began exercising again. 

Toliver's blood pressure and blood glucose levels improved significantly, and he lost weight. Before the program, Toliver's blood pressure readings were in the 160s over 110s, and his A1C was 6.0. However, after the program, his blood pressure is consistently lower and safer, and his A1C is now 5.7.

Toliver explains that his success is a testament to the effectiveness of the Mastering Diabetes coaching program. With the help of a knowledgeable and supportive coach, it’s possible to make sustainable lifestyle changes that improve their health and prevent or manage chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

You can learn more by watching the video above or clicking the link at the top of your screen to book a discovery call!

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.