Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Diet High in Red Meat Linked to Higher Diabetes Risk

 

People who increase the amount of red meat in their diet may be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study of more than 149,000 Americans.

The study researchers found that people who increased their red-meat intake by half a serving per day during a four-year period had a 48-percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next four years compared with people who made no change in their red-meat intake.

Conversely, participants who reduced their red-meat consumption by more than half a serving per day within four years were 14 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes during the subsequent 16 years compared with those who didn't make a red-meat diet change.

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