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Discovery Health Travels the World to Present the Groundbreaking Documentary - Diabetes: A Global Epidemic
Date:11/12/2007

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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. Over a six-month period, Dr. Kaufman journeys from Los Angeles to Cape Town, South Africa; Chennai, India; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne and Perth, Australia; and Helsinki, Finland, in her quest to increase focus on the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes. In her travels, Dr. Kaufman meets with physicians and diabetes thought leaders to discuss the challenges of combating the disease, as well as their success stories of treatment and prevention. In addition, she spends time with diabetes patients of all ages who share their personal stories and offer a unique insight into the realities of living with the disease.

"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."

DIABETES: A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC gives audiences an in-depth understanding of the impact the westernization of the world has had on the incidence and prevalence of diabetes, and how differing cultures add unique dynamics to the problem at local levels.

We learn how South Africans don't want to be thin because of the stigma of AIDS. In India, when people become financially secure their eating increases- to be large in size symbolizes wealth and success. Australians talk about their country becoming a nation of sports watchers instead of sports players. All these factors are prompting leading experts to urgently join forces in the common goal of defeating this enemy, which can lead to blindness, heart disease and renal failure.

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