Red Meat Intake Associated with Diabetes

Posted on September 13, 2011

You may want to cut back on the red meat, especially processed meats, reports the Harvard School of Public Health in this press release. A high intake of red meat is not only associated with higher cholesterol levels and heart disease, but also type 2 diabetes.

“Our study clearly shows that eating both unprocessed and processed red meat—particularly processed—is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.”

– An Pan, research fellow in the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition

“Clearly, the results from this study have huge public health implications given the rising type 2 diabetes epidemic and increasing consumption of red meats worldwide. The good news is that such troubling risk factors can be offset by swapping red meat for a healthier protein.”

– Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health

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