Red Meat Diet Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A new study, published June 17, showed that people who ate red meat over a longer period of time may be putting themselves at risk for Type 2 diabetes. Based on the sample size of the study, it was found that having red meat in one’s diet on a consistent basis was associated with a higher chance of developing the most common form of diabetes.

8.3 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association, with the majority of them having Type 2 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin or ignores its presence.  The disease can be crippling to some and can cause oral health problems, nerve damage, kidney damage or even strokes.

Researchers looked at three Harvard studies that looked at an individual’s diet over time. Overall, there were 26,357 men and 122,786 women involved in the participant pool of the three studies. The men studied were between the ages of 40 to 75, and the women were between 25 and 42 years old.  After analyzing the participants’ diets over a four year period and then studying the effects of their diet modifications four years later, researchers found 7,540 cases of Type 2 diabetes.

It was found that people who increased red meat by more than 0.5 servings a day over a four-year-period were associated with a 48 percent increased risk of developing the disease during a successive four year time interval. On the other hand, those who reduced red meat consumption by 0.5 servings or more over four years had a 14 percent lower risk during the entire four year follow-up period.

 

For the full article, visit CBS News.

 

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