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Sami Inkinen – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

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Sami Inkinen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Virta Health, which is reversing type two diabetes through nutrition, lifestyle change, and a new standard of medical care.

Prior to Virta, Sami was the Co-Founder and COO of Trulia, which many of you probably used to find a house or apartment. Sami took Trulia public and then sold it to Zillow.

Sami is also an Ironman Age Group Champion and all-around world-class endurance athlete.

To raise awareness about the dangers of sugar and its connection to diabetes, Sami and his wife rowed from California to Hawaii—2,750 miles, completely unsupported. 

I've been personally lucky to know Sami for over ten years now.  I was introduced to Sami through the Global Good Fund, a fellowship program for social entrepreneurs. 

Sami became my mentor through GGF, and has always been generous with his time and insight whenever I need it through the years.

I've wanted to record this interview for a long time. Big thanks to Sami for sharing so much with us.

Here are some noteworthy timestamps…

00:00 Welcome to the Podcast

00:52 Introducing Sami

02:43 Tackling the Epidemic of Metabolic Health: The Virta Health Mission

05:55 A Personal Journey: From World Champion Athlete to Health Innovator

14:59 Unveiling the Secret: How Virta Health is Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

15:25 The Virta Method: Individualized Nutrition and Real-Time Support

19:43 The Philosophy Behind Virta's Approach

25:52 Impressive Outcomes: Virta's Impact on Type 2 Diabetes and Weight Loss

26:46 Revolutionizing Diabetes Management: Unprecedented Results

28:42 High Retention and Patient Satisfaction

32:00 A Win-Win for Employee Health

35:17 Mindset for Success: Focus, Process, and Perseverance

41:44 Parenting: Unconditional Love and the Power of Practice

46:24 Gratitude and Future Aspirations

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