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'Up Your Defenses' Against Diabetes Urges NBA Champ John Salley in New Ad

John Salley Up Your Defenses Diabetes PSA

“Up your defenses!” That’s NBA champion John Salley’s advice for fighting diabetes with a plant-based diet in PCRM’s colorful new print ad.

In the ad, which recently appeared in HOOP, the National Basketball Association’s official publication, Salley lets readers know that “one out of three little kids is going to develop diabetes in their lifetime.” But that’s not the only shocking diabetes fact.

More than 23 million children and adults in the United States—7.8 percent of the population—have diabetes. People with diabetes are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, nerve damage (amputations), blindness, and kidney disease. And diabetes contributes to more than 200,000 deaths a year in the United States.

What’s Salley’s power play for protecting you and your family from becoming one of these grim statistics? Up your defenses against diabetes by eating more fruits and vegetables and having more vegetarian and vegan meals.

For every serving of red meat consumed, there is a 26 percent increased risk of diabetes. For processed meats, it is 38 to 73 percent increased risk for diabetes with every serving. 

But clinical research studies have shown that adopting a low-fat, plant-derived diet helps with weight loss and reduces blood sugar and cholesterol. A recent study has shown that a low-fat vegan diet treats type 2 diabetes more effectively than a standard diabetes diet and may be more effective than single-agent therapy with oral diabetes drugs.

Download Salley’s print ad and view his TV ad at BlockDiabetes.org.



 

PCRM Online, July 2011

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