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TV Treats Diabetes during Diabetes Awareness Month

Americans are divided about the impact of the possible health care bill. In a recent poll, 49 percent said health care costs will go up. Another 49 percent expect no change or an improvement. As the debate continues, there is something everyone can do now to help reduce the $174 billion spent on diabetes each year: Watch Food for Life TV.

In observation of Diabetes Awareness Month, PCRM’s Food for Life TV, a weekly nutrition webcast, will air newly recorded diabetes shows each Thursday. Every episode is designed to empower people with diabetes—and those seeking to prevent the disease—with information on how food choices promote, prevent, and treat type 2 diabetes.

In the United States, nearly 24 million people have diabetes. Another 57 million people have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Many suffer nerve damage, amputation, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke. And since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45 percent. Today, 70,000 people die from diabetes each year.

To reverse the grim statistics of this epidemic and help reduce the $1 out of every $5 in total health care costs spent on diabetes, tune in each Thursday in November for Food for Life TV:

  • Nov. 5: “Why Do We Need a National Diabetes Awareness Month,” featuring PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D.
  • Nov. 12: “A Fall Vegan Meal: Eat Your Way Out of Diabetes,” featuring a cooking demonstration and recipe by Robyn Webb, M.S., nutritionist, cookbook author, and teacher
  • Nov. 19: “Lessons Learned from My Patients,” featuring PCRM director of diabetes education and care Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., B.C.-ADM, C.D.E.
  • Nov. 26: “Give Thanks for Carbohydrates,” featuring Caroline Trapp

Visit to sign up to receive Food for Life TV reminders, watch a new show every Thursday, and view dozens of past episodes. And visit to see all of PCRM’s diabetes resources for patients and health care professionals.


PCRM Online, November 2009

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