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NEWS RELEASE September 21, 2006

Diabetes Reversal with Simple Diet Changes: Free Seminar and Cooking Demonstration

Recent Federally Funded Study Shows Low-Fat Vegan Diet Best for Diabetes Treatment; Lead Researcher Neal D. Barnard, M.D., to Give Lecture Oct. 26

Silver Spring, Md.—All members of the public who would like to learn about the latest research and practical tips on preventing and reversing diabetes with simple diet changes may attend a free seminar and cooking demonstration in Silver Spring, Maryland.

WHO: Nutrition researcher Neal D. Barnard, M.D., lead author of a recently published study on diabetes reversal with diet, and noted chef Robyn Webb. Dr. Barnard is the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University. 

WHAT: Free seminar with Dr. Barnard discussing the results of his new study and chef Robyn Webb demonstrating quick and simple recipes for people with diabetes.

WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 7 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: AFI Silver Theater, Silver II Theater, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

NOTE: The theater offers free parking, and it is two blocks from the Silver Spring Metro station.

A low-fat vegan diet treats type 2 diabetes more effectively than a standard diabetes diet and may be more effective than single-agent therapy with oral diabetes drugs, according to a study in the August issue of Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association. Study participants on the low-fat vegan diet showed dramatic improvement in four disease markers: blood sugar control, cholesterol reduction, weight control, and kidney function. The randomized controlled trial was conducted by doctors and dieticians with PCRM, the George Washington University, and the University of Toronto with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

Media Contact:
Jeanne S. McVey

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

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