PCRM Joins World Diabetes Day Efforts
As diabetes rates around the world continue to rise, creating awareness about the disease and how to prevent it is crucial. That’s why PCRM is joining with the International Diabetes Federation to increase awareness about type 2 diabetes for World Diabetes Day, an official United Nations world day observed each year on November 14.
This year, World Diabetes Day focuses on diabetes in children and adolescents. While type 2 diabetes was once seen as an adults-only disease, it is growing at alarming rates in children and adolescents.
The problem is growing not just among young people. Many nations are seeing their diabetes rates skyrocket as their populations turn more and more toward a typical Western diet. In China, for example, meat intake rose 50 percent between 1995 and 2005, and diabetes rates exploded. The country now has 50 million people living with type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes may be largely preventable with a low-fat, plant-based diet. PCRM offers a wealth of information about type 2 diabetes, including free weekly webcasts, an interactive message board moderated by health professionals, and a new educational DVD, A New Approach to Nutrition for Diabetes. This DVD set, which includes eight lectures with PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., cooking demonstrations, and a grocery store tour, will be available soon in the PCRM Marketplace.