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Mastering Diabetes  Helping people to reverse insulin resistance, maximize insulin sensitivity, and master their health via low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition.

🍇Interest in a plant-based diet has been steadily increasing over the past several years, and in just the past 7 days there has been a 14% increase in Google searches for information on a plant-based diet.
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🌽With a growing amount of evidence that plant-based diets can stop chronic pain, help people suffering from chronic fatigue, boost athletic performance, reverse type 2 diabetes and heart disease, prevent cancer, provide hope for those with inflammatory bowel disease, improve mood, protect brain health, and more, there’s no wonder more people than ever are going plant-based.
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🍌These past few days Cyrus and Robby have been at a conference held by the @plantrician_project, where hundreds of medical doctors and other health professionals have converged to learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet and how to help their patients go plant-based.
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🍠Cyrus taught a workshop on how to reverse insulin resistance with a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet.
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🥔The time has come for doctors to stop recommending outdated low-carb diets and “portion control” diets to patients with diabetes! .
🥗Carbohydrate restriction does not work because carbs do NOT cause diabetes.
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💓Do you love high carbohydrate whole foods like these amazing figs and berries? Let us know in the comments!
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📸Photo: @plantbased_food_and_travel

😽How to get your best A1c in the next 60 days...
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We're hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 5:00pm PT on how to achieve your BEST A1c using food as medicine. Be sure to register for it today so you won't miss this one.
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🍉We’ll be busting common diabetes misconceptions. Plus we’ll share scientifically proven research that ACTUALLY works, and give you clear and easy-to-follow steps to achieve your best A1c...ever.
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Here are the top 5 myths that we’ll be busting in the webinar: .
🍎Myth #1: Low-carbohydrate diets are the optimal way to control your blood glucose .
🍌Myth #2: Carbohydrate-rich foods will spike your blood glucose
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🔎Myth #3: The glycemic index is important to follow
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🍒Myth #4: Insulin causes weight gain
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🌽Myth #5: Eat more protein to achieve better blood glucose control
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Register through the link in profile! .
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🍓Some people make excuses and say they can’t follow a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet because they don’t have time to prepare their meals.
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🍉The reality is that you can save a lot of time eating this way.
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🍇If you need some ideas for meals that take less than 10 minutes to make, go to masteringdiabetes.org/recipe.
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🍠We just added a breakfast recipe today that you can make in under 5 minutes!
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📸Photo: @reversingt2d

🥔Beware of anyone who claims to be able to tell you whether you’re a “carb type,” a “protein type,” or a “low-carb type,” or other types of personalized dietary protocols simply by looking at your DNA.
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🥗Real geneticists don’t take these claims seriously because the science of nutrition and genetics is far more complex than this.
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🍎A few years ago, a popular talk show mentioned an easy, at-home “cracker test” that claimed to be able to tell you whether you should eat a high-carbohydrate diet or a low carbohydrate-diet.
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🍉If a plain unsalted cracker tastes sweet to you within a few seconds of chewing it, the claim was that you’re a “carb type” since you’re able to digest starch quickly.
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🍌On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you chew the cracker for 30 seconds or longer and it still doesn’t taste sweet to you then allegedly you’re a low-carb type and eating carbohydrate is supposed to make you obese.
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🔎But guess what? This claim is not backed up by any published research on genetics, nutrition, and body weight or body fat percentage.
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🍅The real research findings? People with fewer copies of the amylase gene (people who probably would not taste the sweetness of an unsalted cracker in less than 30 seconds of chewing) may be more likely to develop obesity — but only if they consume a diet LOW in starch!
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💓Additionally, researchers recently found that those same people actually have the lowest BMIs if they eat a lot of starch!
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🍠So basically, the group of people instructed by a TV show to eat a low-carb diet and avoid carbohydrates actually have the lowest body weight when they consume a high-starch diet!
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🌱Conclusion: If you’re having a hard time losing weight, consider a high-starch diet! Eat potatoes, beans, and whole grains.
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📸Photo: @anettvelsberg

🔎Can you get diabetes by eating too much sugar?
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🍇Since high blood glucose is a sign of diabetes, conventional and low-carbohyrate nutrition says that eating a large amount of sugar is what actually causes high blood glucose and diabetes. .
🍉But is that really what the science says? Why do some people develop high blood glucose after eating carbohydrates, while many other people do not? (Hint: It's not genetics.)
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🚴🏻‍♂️In this week's podcast episode, Neal Barnard, MD explains what the actual cause of diabetes is, based on clinical evidence.
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🤓Neal Barnard, MD has published a number of excellent research studies about the true cause of type 2 diabetes, so this is a podcast episode you don't want to miss! In this episode, Dr. Barnard explains:
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🍎The true cause of type 2 diabetes (and how to reverse it)
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🥔Why sugar found in whole foods is metabolized differently than added sugars and refined grain products
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🧀What causes some people to crave cheese (and how to stop those cravings)
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🎙Go to MasteringDiabetes.org/podcast to listen to this episode!
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🌱This week, why not try something new?
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🍠Pick a fruit, starchy veggie, whole grain, or legume that you’ve never eaten before...and give it a try! 😋
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💛It might just become one of your favorite foods.
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🍇Let us know in the comments below a variety of fruit, vegetable, grain, or legume that’s in season right now that you’re going to try this week....for the first time ever or for the first time this year!
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📸Photo: @jonny_juicer 🐾Model: @noah_the_vegan

🔎Did you know that the blood glucometer wasn’t invented until 1968?
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🍇Perhaps you’re old enough to remember a time when blood glucometers didn’t exist.
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🌽Prior to this groundbreaking invention in the history of our understanding of diabetes, people would have to use daily urine samples to get a rough estimation of their blood glucose range.
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👩‍💻Urine samples only provided vague and delayed information, so they were barely useful at all.
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🍒Technology has come a long way since then.
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🚴🏻‍♂️Blood glucometers helped scientists, doctors, and patients get a better understanding of how different foods, levels of physical activity, and other factors affect blood glucose throughout the day.
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🍠Continuous blood glucose meters have helped to further that understanding.
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😝These methods still involve needles, blood, and a transient uncomfortable feeling when the skin is pierced.
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🌱This may change in the near future. Researchers and scientists are currently working to perfect a glucose sensing patch that would not require finger sticks or calibration.
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🍎These new glucose sensing patches would measure blood glucose by collecting fluid from between cells.
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🍌At this point, the blood glucose patch is being tested on healthy volunteers. It won’t be available as a product sold to consumers for a few years.
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📸Photo: @absofruitlymel

🍇People who switch from a Standard American Diet to a low-carb or high-protein diet often notice their A1c decrease, giving them a false belief that those diets are good for diabetes health.
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🍠One reason A1c may decrease on a low-carb diet — particularly if the diet is high in red meat — is that high levels of iron in the body can create a falsely lowered A1c.
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🍉If you have high iron levels, it might mask a type 2 diabetes diagnosis by causing A1c to appear normal. .
🌽In contrast, iron-deficiency anemia and other forms of anemia (such as B12 deficiency and folate deficiency anemias) can cause a falsely elevated A1c.
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🥗The next time you get your A1c checked, you may also want to check your iron (serum ferritin and TIBC) level and RBC count!
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🤓Anemia can also cause a low C-peptide level too.
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🍒It’s good to have enough iron, but not too much. The best way to ensure this is to eat plant-based forms of iron such as lentils and spirulina, eat lots of vitamin-C rich veggies, and avoid the heme iron found in animal proteins (especially red meat).
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🚴🏻‍♂️And P.S. Please take a B12 supplement! You really do need it, whether you eat meat or not.
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🎬Photo: @thevegansolution

🍇Let’s face it. There’s just too much confusion in the world today about which foods promote optimal health and which foods promote chronic disease.
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🍠Potatoes and other whole-food starches get blamed for causing weight gain while science confirms that potatoes are one of the most satiating and slimming foods on the planet.
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Beans, peas, and lentils get charged with causing autoimmune conditions because of lectins, while science confirms that people who eat legumes are less likely to develop autoimmune conditions. .
🌱Lectins have been found to kill cancer cells, and scientists believe that eating plant lectins may help you prevent ever receiving a cancer diagnosis.
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🍌Fruit gets blamed for being full of sugar and low in essential nutrients, while the truth is that sugar (glucose) is our body’s preferred fuel. Fruit is also extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytonutrients.
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🍉The fructose naturally found in fruits gets confused with high fructose corn syrup that’s added to processed foods as a secret ploy by junk food manufacturers to make consumers get addicted to their products.
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🥩Low carb gurus tell their followers that a diet centered around whole-food carbohydrates causes high triglycerides, unfavorable cholesterol numbers, and fatty liver.
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👩‍💻We share the truth about fatty liver — What causes it, how to reverse it, and how to lower your A1c — on our webinar tomorrow (September 6) at 5:00 PM PT. See link in profile to sign up for free!
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P.S. We’ll be making a surprise announcement during the webinar that you don’t want to miss, so be sure to register!
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📸Photo: @vegvogue

💛New Podcast Episode: How to Reverse Insulin Resistance in 30 Days🌱
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🌽In this week's podcast, we speak with one of our clients about how he reversed insulin resistance VERY quickly, after committing to a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet immediately after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. .
If you or someone you care about is struggling with type 2 diabetes right now, Joaquin's story is well worth a listen!
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🎬In this episode, you'll learn:
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🍇The EXACT foods that Joaquin eats every day – the same foods that helped him reverse insulin resistance quickly
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🍒How Joaquin was able to discontinue his diabetes medications, lower his blood glucose, and reduce his A1c
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🚴🏻‍♂️How Joaquin is transforming the health of his friends and family members by leading by example
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🍌Go to MasteringDiabetes.org/podcast to listen to our latest podcast episode!
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📸Photo: @miamifruit

🚴🏻‍♂️Are you signed up yet for our webinar this Thursday, September 6 on How to Reverse Fatty Liver and Lower Your A1c Simultaneously?🥗
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🍠You don’t want to miss this one! Sign up for free through the link in profile!🙌🏻

🔎What about all those keto diet books that claim to cure type 2 diabetes and reduce insulin use for type 1 diabetes?
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🌱Many people ask this question because they don’t understand that high blood glucose is just a SIGN of diabetes — not the cause.
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🍌The cause of high blood glucose with type 1 diabetes is a lack of insulin production by the pancreas. .
🍇With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas can produce insulin. The problem is that the insulin can’t do its job of shuttling glucose from the blood to the muscles to be used as energy.
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🌽What causes the insulin to not be able to do its job? The muscle cells are clogged with fat, which can be seen using an MRI.
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🍝Type 1.5 diabetes has characteristics in common with both type 1 and type 1 diabetes.
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In all forms of diabetes, a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet can stabilize blood glucose, lower A1c to a non-diabetic level, and improve other aspects of your health such as energy level and mood...all without requiring you to restrict or avoid carbohydrates.
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🍠Those following a low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet will experience a diabetic blood glucose level any time they consume a carbohydrate food such as a piece of fruit or a baked potato.
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💓Those following a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet will experience a non-diabetic blood glucose level after eating an entire meal of carbohydrates such as a yummy bowl of fruit or a huge plate of veggies, corn, and potatoes!
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🍉Which lifestyle do you choose?🏄‍♀️
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