Reducing Red Meat May Cut Type 2 Risk
Another reason to skip the burger: Eating more red meat may up the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers studied the eating habits of more than 149,000 men and women for 12 to 16 years, measuring how much red meat (beef, pork, or lamb, processed and unprocessed) participants ate at four-year intervals. Participants who reported increasing their red-meat consumption by even a half serving more of red meat per day—the equivalent of one hot dog, two slices of bacon, or 3 ounces of steak—had a 48 percent greater risk of developing diabetes over the next four years than those who didn't change the amount of red meat in their diet. Reducing red-meat consumption by more than a half serving daily was linked to a 14 percent lower risk for developing diabetes 12 to 16 years later.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online June 17, 2013