The Price Society Pays for Diabetes

The overall cost of diabetes on society is greater than the dollars and cents spent to treat and care for patients.

A new study from researchers at Yale suggests that the disease, which currently affects nearly 8 percent of the U.S. population, could have significant nonmedical costs to society as well.

The study, which appears in the January issue of the policy journal Health Affairs, suggests that young people diagnosed with the disease are more likely to drop out of high school and to forgo or fail to finish college. As a result, they’re likely to earn less than those without diabetes.

PBS Special to Help You Take Control of Your Health!

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March 2011

– Can Certain Foods Help Control Your Appetite? –

For years Dr. Neal Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health. Now, in this new PBS special, KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH, Dr. Barnard unveils the secrets to reprogramming your body quickly and getting your body on track to better health fast. KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH WITH DR. NEAL BARNARD is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning March 5, 2011 and airing throughout March (check local listings).

Maybe you’d like to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or improve your energy. Or perhaps you’d like to go vegan for the animals and the environment. Now is your chance to do it in a way that is engaging and fun. Whether you’re drawn to chocolate, cookies, potato chips, cheese burgers and fries, Dr. Neal Barnard’s advice and plant-based diet will provide delicious and healthy alternatives that do not include meat, dairy, seafood and other animal based products. In this program, Dr. Barnard will teach viewers:

•Appetite Control: Many people find themselves drawn to foods, even when they are not hungry. The Kickstart plan shows why appetites get out of control and how to choose foods that calm the appetite naturally.
•Burn Enhancement: For people who feel they are not burning calories as fast as they should be —as if everything they even think about eating goes straight to ‘the hips’— it turns out that you can actually increase your calorie-burning speed through food. By adjusting your eating patterns, you can burn calories faster for about three hours after each meal, so more of what you eat simply burns off, rather than going to body fat.
•Health Protection: It is critical that the foods you choose are not just slimming, but also bring lifelong health. By favoring the very best choices, foods can trim your waistline, improve our health, boost your energy, and tackle cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease.
Does it really work? Can foods really help control the appetite? Dr. Barnard reveals studies that will demonstrate how focusing on the food you eat and not the calorie count can help dramatically reduce weight. According to Dr. Barnard, “the trick to eating less is to focus not on how much you eat but on what you eat. Without even knowing it people tend to reduce their calories and the weight loss is essentially automatic.” Best of all, these appetite-taming, energy-boosting foods are good for overall health. Unlike diet pills or stimulants, the foods that boost metabolism and calm the appetite can also protect the heart, lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, relieve joint pain, migraines and even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

About Dr. Neal Barnard
Neal Barnard, MD, is a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and president of the nonprofit Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. He has been the principle investigator or co-investigator on several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health. He is the author of several books and a frequent lecturer. He has appeared on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Ellen” and PBS with his successful program, “Tackling Diabetes.”

Dr. Barnard’s first PBS Special, “Tackling Diabetes,” was seen in over 92% of U.S. households. To date this program has received over 4,000 telecasts.

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