05 January 2011

John Salley tackles diabetes with veg based PSA

Four-time NBA champion and vegan advocate, John ‘Spider’ Salley, is combining his love of health and veggies with a new PSA for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The ad, entitled ‘Block Diabetes’ is aimed primarily at children who are in danger of developing type 2 diabetes, and explains how a plant based diet can help prevent it from occurring.

“One in every three little kids is going to develop diabetes in their lifetime,” says Salley. “You can up your defenses by eating more fruits and vegetables and having more vegetarian and vegan meals. These steps are power plays to protect you and your family against the risk of diabetes.”

With almost 24 million Americans currently stricken by the disease, it has been estimated that it will eventually affect almost one third of the American population. Studies have indicated that each time a person consumes one single serving of red meat, their risk of diabetes increases by a whopping 26 percent. Compare that to research that shows a diet heavy in vegetables, whole grains and beans lowers your risk by reducing blood sugar levels and cholesterol while dietary fiber (only found in plants) helps to control insulin sensitivity and it’s really a no-brainer!

‘Block Diabetes’ has been combined with ‘Food for Life TV’ a free online support service offering cooking demonstrations, nutritional advice as well as diabetes prevention tips.

Check out John Salley’s PSA here, and then visit www.BlockDiabetes.org for more info.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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