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Saturday, June 5 at 3 p.m. – Tackling Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard

(Rochester, NY) Move beyond simply managing diabetes to Tackling Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard. Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., reveals groundbreaking research and scientifically proven methods to turning back the clock on diabetes. Today, the disease affects more than 24 million children and adults in America. Through Dr. Barnard’s low-fat vegan diet, diabetics and non-diabetics alike will experience medical results including weight loss, blood glucose control, reduced heart disease risk and, in many cases, prevent the need for medications. Tackling Diabetes airs Saturday, June 5 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Dr. Barnard explains the different types of diabetes and how each is triggered by genes, weight, poor diet and lack of physical activity or pregnancy. Dr. Barnard reveals in-depth scientific studies from leading national organizations, unveiling results that not only diminish diabetes, but increase energy and weight loss. Through a series of studies, Dr. Barnard discovered that it is possible to repair insulin function and reverse Type 2 diabetes through nutrition. By following Dr. Barnard’s life-changing approach, viewers will be able to control blood sugar three times more effectively than with the standard dietary regimen for people with diabetes.

Dr. Barnard’s program is a three-rule system to taking control of diabetes:
• Vegan diet
• Low in fat
• Low glycemic index foods

A vegan diet means avoiding all animal products and instead eating regular meals in the four food groups of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes.

In Tackling Diabetes, Dr. Barnard teaches viewers basic dietary guidelines to identifying fiber-rich foods, foods low in fat and foods with a low glycemic index, with no limits or calorie counting. He points out that:

• Adding 14 grams of fiber to one’s diet can cut one’s daily calorie intake by 10 percent.
• The average fruit has three grams of fiber; the average vegetable has four grams of fiber.
• Nine calories equate to one fat gram.
• The percentage of fat in beef versus chicken only differs by six percent.
• High glycemic index (70 or higher) foods like sugars, white bread, wheat bread, cold cereals and white potatoes cause blood sugar to rise rapidly.
• Low glycemic index (55 or less) foods like bran, whole grains, yams, sweet potatoes, rye and pumpernickel, fruits, vegetables and beans are gentler on blood sugar.

Dr. Barnard is the author of numerous articles in scientific and medical publications and more than 15 books. He is frequently called on by news programs and international medical associations to speak on nutrition, research issues and other areas of modern medicine. Dr. Barnard received his M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a life member of the American Medical Association and a member of the American Diabetes Association. In 1985, Dr. Barnard founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters promoting preventive medicine and addressing controversies in modern medicine.

Dr. Barnard
Credit: Harry Giglio (Courtesy PCRM)


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