‘Reverse Diabetes’ Lecture Tour Draws Hundreds to Each Stop
For the last three months, PCRM President Neal Barnard, M.D., has been bringing a message of hope to people with diabetes. He’s taken his program to 26 cities across the United States so far, and he isn’t done yet.
It’s no wonder that Dr. Barnard has been met with standing-room-only crowds in cities across the country: More than 20 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, and that number is growing every year. His new book, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, offers a nutrition plan that helps individuals cut their blood sugars, reduce their medications, lose weight, and trim their cholesterol levels.
The program is based on PCRM’s research funded by the National Institutes of Health, whose initial results were published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association. At each tour stop, Dr. Barnard gave the crowd an insightful look at exactly what diabetes is and how different foods affect insulin sensitivity. He discussed the extensive research behind his nutrition plan and explained why it works.
On many stops, Dr. Barnard was joined by a local chef or cooking instructor who demonstrated for the audience how to prepare a variety of delicious, healthful dishes. These presentations showed participants that low-fat, low-glycemic vegetarian dishes can be beautiful, appetizing, and easy to prepare.
Coverage of Dr. Barnard’s tour by local media has had a far-reaching effect. A truck driver from Mobile, Ala., tuned in to a radio interview with Dr. Barnard and decided to change his diet. Two weeks later, he called the radio station to announce that the new way of eating had saved his life: His blood sugar and insulin doses had plummeted.
Dr. Barnard’s book tour will continue through the spring. To find out if the tour is coming to your area, please visit www.ReverseDiabetesTour.org.
Find Diabetes Resources Online
PCRM has created a one-stop Web shop of resources for Dr. Barnard’s diabetes program. The website has a step-by-step guide on how to reap the greatest benefits from the diet change, as well as more than 75 delicious recipes. The Frequently Asked Questions section answers questions about topics such as the role of carbohydrates, the glycemic index, and omega-3 fatty acids.
The Video Support Group features live sessions with Dr. Barnard and PCRM dietitians Dulcie Ward, R.D., and Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., including demonstrations of how to prepare delicious, healthful dishes. Participants can have their questions answered live during these sessions. Also available on the site is the “Nutrition Discussion Group”—a message board where you can connect with others looking to improve their diets.
To get started, visit PCRM.org/Diabetes.