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Diabetes Risk and Red Meat

Increasing intake of red meat associated with type 2 diabetes.

Increasing red meat consumption may be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Researchers analyzed data from 149,000 individuals with up to 20 years follow-up. Red meat consumption was analyzed every 4 years by validated food frequency questionnaires. Those who increased their red meat consumption by one-half serving per day experienced a 48% higher risk of developing T2DM compared to those who did not change their consumption. This finding was independent of weight gain.

PositiveTip: Avoid increasing intake of red meat to reduce risk of T2DM--or all together.