Red meat could significantly increase risk of diabetes

18 June 2013

Although previous studies have linked red meat to a number of heart problems, new health research indicates that it could also significantly increase risk of type two diabetes. Merely by increasing consumption by half a serving every day, individuals increase their risk of developing the disease by 48 per cent. In contrast, a reduction in red meat intake could cut risk by as much as 14 per cent.

Dr An Pan, lead researcher from the National University of Singapore, said: “Our results confirm the robustness of the association between red meat and [type two diabetes] and add further evidence that limiting red meat consumption over time confers benefits for... prevention.”

Researchers believe the saturated fats contained in red meat are responsible for the diabetes risk. Therefore, scientists suggest that lean meat could have less of a pronounced effect.

Type two diabetes has also been associated with a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating and obesity. If you’re concerned about your risk of developing the condition, consider a diabetes test to assess whether or not substantial lifestyle changes are needed.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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