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Contact: Richard Feinman
Richard.Feinman@downstate.edu
718-270-2252
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Richard Feinman to speak on the science of diabetes and diet on Oct. 2

Site is convention of European Association for the Study of Diabetes

Richard Feinman, PhD, professor of biochemistry and of family medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, will speak at the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) on October 2, 2009. EASD is holding its annual conference September 28 October 2 in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Feinman will be one of four speakers covering the topic, Controversies in Dietary Strategies in the Treatment of Diabetes.

According to Dr. Feinman, it has been scientifically documented that carbohydrate consumption raises blood glucose and there is no disagreement that diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance. "There really is no controversy about the science," Dr. Feinman explains. "It's as simple as this: An increase in dietary carbohydrate will raise HbA1c, which in turn will raise the risk of microvascular complications, and this is science we all agree on."

"That being said," he adds, "the controversy may indeed be whether or not we are getting good advice from our healthcare professionals, but that is out of my area I will be at the conference in Vienna to explain the science."

Dr. Feinman's presentation will take place at the Messe Wien in van Swieten Hall on October 2, 2009.

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More information is available by contacting Dr. Feinman at 718-270-2252 or Richard.Feinman@downstate.edu, or Laurie Cagnassola at 646-678-4656 or info@nmsociety.org.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient's bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks seventh nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.



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