Host Doug Reynolds welcomes Shashikant Iyengar and Anup Singh to the podcast to discuss their contributions to metabolic health in India, and the upcoming Metabolic Health India Conference slated to take place October 27-29, 2023. Metabolic Health India will be available for live streaming across the globe. This resource is being made available at no charge.
Shashikant, who is the creator of the Metabolic Health India, was the first Metabolic Health Practitioner accredited by the Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners in India. Singh is the founder and CTO of the dLife.in Indian Diabetes Community, and he is working with Iyengar on the organization of this conference.
Iyengar talks about his long career in the pharmaceutical industry before devoting his primary focus to metabolic health and therapeutic carbohydrate reduction. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2015, he went in search of alternative ways to manage the condition. That led him to low-carb, high-fat diets. With guidance from Singh, he saw his HbA1c levels drop from 7.2 to 5.2 in a month. Impressed with the results and armed with multiple certifications, he transitioned into health coaching in November 2022.
Anup Singh, also a Type 2 diabetic, went a different route, adopting a 100 grams per day carb limit. Though he faced skepticism from the medical community, his HbA1c dropped to 5.0 in May 2011, underscoring the effectiveness of his approach. He emphasized that the challenges of adopting a low-carb diet in India are cultural, given the heavy reliance on carbohydrates in the traditional diet.
Both guests discussed the cultural difficulties of implementing low-carb or keto diets in India. Iyengar pointed out that different Indian regions have unique dietary patterns, making it complicated to offer a one-size-fits-all solution. Anup stressed that while the western model of low-carb is difficult to implement in India, he has found success in adapting the approach to suit Indian palates.
The podcast ended with a discussion of the upcoming Metabolic Health India Conference, which aims to bring more awareness and resources to the low-carb community in India. Both guests are enthusiastic about their roles in helping people navigate metabolic health challenges in India and look forward to sharing their experiences at the upcoming conference.
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