Posted by: kellydh | November 13, 2007

Diabetes: A Global Epidemic by Discovery Health

In the spirit of World Diabetes Day, on Sunday, 18 November, the Discovery Health channel will premier a new full length documentary on diabetes.

DIABETES: A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC follows Francine Kaufman, MD, former American Diabetes Association president and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as she tours the world.”

This new documentary is the first of its kind, finally bringing the issues relating to diabetes around the world to the mainstream viewer.  Discovery has a history of making hugely popular documentaries (shark week anyone?), but generally only on the “sexy” subjects.  Through this documentary, diabetes can be seen as an actually important issue that must be taken by force.

“During my travels, I realized that while diabetes is a worldwide issue, it often affects different cultures in different ways,” said Kaufman. “It became clear to me that in order to effectively address the disease globally, we need to apply culturally sensitive solutions locally.”

Dr. Kaufmann is here helping with the youth summit workshops, and I can say that I am truly impressed by all that she – and her wonderful family –  do for the diabetes community.   It is truly inspirational.

Anyways, everyone tune in to see the documentary.  I won’t be home then, but my TV will certainly be set to record!!  Also check out the website where you can test your diabetes IQ.

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