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The incidence of type 2 diabetes continues to accelerate in the United States and worldwide making it a growing public health problem. Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, renal failure, and other problems. Conventional treatments for type 2 diabetes include lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and medications. For many people, changing their lifestyle is a challenge, especially for the poor who have fewer resources to alter their diet, and in some instances diet and exercise don’t control the diabetes. Medications may control diabetes, but they also may have unpleasant side effects.
Integrative medicine offers another treatment approach that has no side effects. At the 18th Annual International Diabetes Conference, University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine founder and director Brian Berman, M.D. discussed ways physicians can help their patients with type 2 diabetes using integrative therapies Dr. Berman delivered the conference keynote address and explained how nutraceuticals, therapeutic diets, herbs and spices, exercise, and mind-body therapies can effectively treat and oftentimes prevent type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Berman was invited to deliver the lecture by the University of the West Indies and University of Technology, Jamaica who organized the conference. They presented Dr. Berman with the Sir Alister McIntyre Distinguished Lecture Award, an award that is given annually to honor a physician-researcher by The University Diabetes Outreach Programme (UDOP) of which the two Universities were founding members.
University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. presented the award to Dr. Berman and said, “Professor Berman has dedicated his career to evaluating the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of complementary and integrative medicine and is considered one of the pioneers in the field. He founded the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the first program of its kind based at an academic-medical center. Like other Sir Alister McIntyre Distinguished Lecture Award recipients, he is recognized nationally and internationally for his pioneering research and medical scholarship.”
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To watch videos from the conference, including his keynote address "Integrative Practices for Diabetes Management," click here: http://www.youtube.com/udopconference.
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