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

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is © Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)