WASHINGTON -- If you thought Americans would rather pop a pill to treat illness than make major diet changes, think again. A new survey shows the vast majority would rather change their diets—including trying a vegetarian diet—than use medicines. According to a nationally representative survey of 1,022 adults conducted in mid-January by Opinion Research Corporation, 69 percent of Americans would prefer to try a dietary approach. Just 21 percent preferred treating diabetes with medicines.
The survey, commissioned by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), reinforces results from PCRM's clinical research on diabetes, which has consistently found that people with diabetes adapt well to low-fat vegetarian diets and gain important health benefits.
In Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes, a new book published in January, PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., outlines a dietary approach to diabetes based on scientific research showing that a low-fat vegan diet can lower high blood sugar levels three times more effectively than oral medications. In the past, many clinicians have felt that patients lack the willpower to make diet changes and would rather "pop a pill." The new results show just the opposite.
"A low-fat vegetarian diet offers a powerful way to control and even reverse diabetes," said Dr. Barnard. "The idea that Americans would rather take pills than make diet changes is a myth. Americans clearly favor tackling serious diabetes with diet changes, including vegetarian diets." The survey was conducted January 12 through 15, and included 515 women and 507 men, 18 years and older, living in the continental United States.
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For detailed survey results or more information about Dr. Barnard's book, contact Jeanne Stuart McVey at 202-686-2210, ext. 316, or email@example.com, or Simon Chaitowitz at 202-686-2210, ext. 309, or firstname.lastname@example.org. More details about Dr. Barnard's diabetes program are available at http://www.pcrm.org/diabetes.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition. PCRM also conducts clinical research studies, opposes unethical human experimentation, and promotes alternatives to animal research.
* PCRM diabetes resources, including recipes and new cyber-support program http://www.pcrm.org/health/diabetes
* Dr. Neal Barnard's nationwide lecture tour http://www.reversediabetestour.org
* News release on Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes http://www.pcrm.org/news/release070109.html
* Vegan How-To Guide http://www.pcrm.org/health/prevmed/diabetes_book/index.html
* Dr. Barnard's most recent clinical research on diabetes http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/full/29/8/1777
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Jeanne Stuart McVey
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