Eating red meat increases risk of Type 2 diabetes

Eating red meat increases risk of Type 2 diabetes

Eating more red meat over time increases the risk of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a report published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Red meat consumption has been previously and consistently related to an increased risk of T2DM. However, previous studies did not include much follow up, which is an important consideration because a person's eating behavior changes over time. Data captured at a single point is not sufficient.

Researchers confirmed their conclusion after statistical examination of essentially 1.9 million person-years of follow-up data, finding 7,540 documents cases of T2DM.

Those who increased their red meat intake by more than one-half a serving per day had a 48 percent increased risk of T2DM in the subsequent four-year period.

Reducing red meat consumption by the same amount was associated with a 14 percent lower risk during the subsequent follow-up.

Essentially, the more red meat you eat, the worse the effects. "Our results confirm the robustness of the association between red meat and T2DM and add further evidence that limiting red meat consumption over time confers benefits for T2DM prevention," the authors conclude.

Meat's no treat---for you or those you eat.