Red Meat Increases Diabetes Risk

The Physicians Committee

Red Meat Increases Diabetes Risk

June 20, 2013

People who increase their red meat intake gain weight and increase their risk for diabetes, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association. Researchers analyzed the data of 149,143 participants from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the Nurses’ Health Study, and the Nurses’ Health Study II and found that an increase of more than half of a serving of red meat per day increased the risk for type 2 diabetes by 48 percent. Decreasing red meat intake resulted in weight loss and a decreased risk for diabetes.

Pan A, Sun Q, Bernstein AM, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hu FB. Changes in red meat consumption and subsequent risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173:1328-1335.

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