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Healthy Drama? Why Soap Operas May Help Fight Diabetes

A mother and daughter fret over diabetes in a Spanish-language soap opera. (UMass Medical School)

A mother and daughter fret over diabetes in a Spanish-language soap opera. (UMass Medical School)

Can soap operas help jump start a healthier lifestyle?

One group of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center thinks they might help. In a recent community-based approach, researchers used various techniques — including cooking classes, supermarket tours, and yes, soap operas — to help Lawrence residents at risk of developing diabetes to stave off the disease.

After one year, results for these study participants, most with less than a high school education and with an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35, considered obese, were mixed.

In our weekly Commonhealth segment, we’ll take a closer look.


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  • Heaviest Cat

    Oh no. more promotion of commercial television-chessy tv at that- rationalized as “theraputic”

    • Jalpert

      Heaviest Cat: This is not commercial television.  The soap opera was produced for this research study specifically and screened to the participants of the study exclusively.

  • Anonymous

    Be aware of drugs that potentiate diabetes.Eli Lilly Zyprexa Olanzapine issues linger.
    The use of powerful antipsychotic drugs has increased in children as young as three years old. Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The average weight gain (adults) over the 12 week study period was the highest for Zyprexa—17 pounds. You’d be hard pressed to gain that kind of weight sport-eating your way through the holidays.One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa. This was Lilly’s #1 product $5 billion per year sales,moreover Lilly also make billions more on drugs that treat diabetes.
    — Daniel Haszard Zyprexa activist and patient.

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