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Dr. Barnard Helps PBS Viewers Take Control of Diabetes

Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing DiabetesMore than 300 deaths in just three months in 2009 were linked to the diabetes drug Avandia, according to an alarming new report. But in live presentations on Public Broadcasting Service stations across the country this month, PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., will explain how a low-fat vegan diet can help the 23 million Americans with diabetes dramatically improve their condition—without negative side effects.  

The 60-minute program, titled “Taking Control of Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard,” is aimed at people with diabetes and those at risk of developing the disease. Dr. Barnard will discuss his three-rule system for taking control of diabetes through a vegan diet, a diet low in fat, and consuming foods with a low glycemic index. Viewers will also learn the 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.

“Our research shows that a low-fat vegan diet is more effective at treating diabetes than the typical diet or oral medications,” says Dr. Barnard. “Our study participants found the vegan diet easy to stick with, and all the side effects are good ones—especially weight loss and lower cholesterol.”

Dr. Barnard’s approach is based on a landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the journal Diabetes Care. Rather than compensate for malfunctioning insulin, as other treatments do, the diet helps people’s own insulin work better by altering what goes on inside cells.

Dr. Barnard’s schedule includes the following dates and locations. (Check local listings for times and more details.)

  • Saturday, March 6, Pittsburgh, WQED
  • Sunday, March 7, Little Rock, Ark., AETN
  • Monday, March 8, San Diego, KPBS
  • Tuesday, March 9, Pensacola, Fla., WSRE
  • Wednesday, March 10, Miami, WPBT
  • Thursday, March 11, Denver, RMPBS
  • Monday, March 15, Baton Rouge, La., LPB
  • Tuesday, March 16, Des Moines, Iowa, IPTV
  • Wednesday, March 17, Research Triangle Park, N.C., UNCTV
  • Thursday, March 25, Bowling Green, Ohio, WBGU

Visit PBS's YouTube channel to preview “Taking Control of Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard.” To see all of PCRM’s diabetes resources for patients and health professionals, visit


Neal Barnard, M.D
Neal Barnard, M.D.

PCRM Online, March 2010

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