Airdate: Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley

New SBS series tests whether you can reverse the effects of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Famed Dr. Michael Mosley features in a new health series tackling our fastest growing chronic disease, type 2 diabetes.

3 part series Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley sees him put his own body on the line to demonstrate the latest science and to show just how quickly you can eat your way into, and out of, ill health.

Dr. Mosley follows an average Australian diet and in just two weeks, his blood sugar levels become pre-diabetic and pushes his blood pressure worryingly high.

Alongside him is proud Gomeroi man and exercise physiologist Ray Kelly. They meet with eight Australians diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Together they guide the participants through drastic diet and lifestyle adjustments rather than medicine, in an attempt to reverse the effects of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Michael Mosley, said: “Because it is increasingly common, we’ve grown far too complacent about the dramatic surge in rates of type 2 diabetes, driven by weight gain. If we’re going to tackle our obesity epidemic, then we need to understand how our bodies work so we can reverse the damage we are doing.

“I was really shocked by how quickly my weight, blood pressure and blood sugar levels rose when I started eating far more ultra-processed foods, the sort of diet many Australians follow. I want to show people simple ways we can all improve our health, and that every bit counts. I hope people are surprised and perhaps alarmed when they watch this show – I want it to challenge what you think you know about food and health, and I hope it illustrates just how deadly increased blood sugars can be. But also, how we can beat it.”

Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Television and Online Content said: “SBS aims to bring attention to issues that affect all Australians. This new series will illustrate the extraordinary impact that the right lifestyle and dietary changes can have on chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. We hope this series educates and inspires, and most of all makes a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Celia Tait, Executive Producer Artemis Media said: “There has never been a more important time to be healthy. Now, as we grapple with the complexity of living amidst a pandemic, it’s all the more important to share the latest science around type 2 diabetes reversal. We take heart and inspiration from Dr Michael Mosley, Ray Kelly and the participants whose stories we follow and who show us how to live a healthier life.”

In addition to the SBS broadcast, NITV will air a suite of supportive programming that explores the type 2 diabetes epidemic in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

At 8:35pm on Wednesday 13 October on Living Black, Karla Grant speaks with Dr. Michael Mosley about what fired his passion to take the fight against type 2 diabetes globally and gets the answers on why the disease is so prolific in Indigenous communities.

On Wednesday 20 October at 8:35pm, Karla Grant interviews Ray Kelly, exploring the hurdles he faced in his journey to become an exercise physiologist, and how he’s using his knowledge to aid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples as they tackle type 2 diabetes.

Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr. Michael Mosley will be available to stream on SBS On Demand, with subtitled versions available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

An Artemis Media production for SBS. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with SBS. Financed with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest.

Wednesday 13 October at 7.30pm on SBS.

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