Eating Certain Meats May Increase Risk Of Diabetes

Eating processed and red meat increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by Harvard University Researchers.

The study looked at medical data from more than 200,000 men and women who were followed for at least 10 years.

They found eating a two-ounce serving of processed meat, like hot dogs or bacon, every day increased the risk for diabetes 50 percent. A four-ounce serving of red meat, like steak or hamburger, also raised the risk of diabetes.

The researchers say the high sodium and nitrate content in meat might be behind the increased risk. They say substituting nuts, whole grains and low-fat dairy for some of these meats may lower the risk.

A spokesman from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says years of research have proven the benefits of red meat in a healthy diet outweigh the findings of this study. They add lean beef plays a significant role in a healthy eating plan.


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  • by uh Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    Several problems here. This story should say "by 32%" not "to 32%". Associated Press got it wrong from the start as it's all over the web. I haven't found the paper yet, but I'm interested in what the baselines are, as this article is vague and the sample sizes extraneous. I'll find any trend you want with 100,000 people.
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      by uh on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM in reply to uh
      Second and more important problem, "after controlling for weight" there was a "modest increase" in risk. What number is "modest"? Is it significant? Without a significance level to account for the differences between risk for obese vs not obese, this is worthless.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    This is totally not true. Starch, bread, cookies and cakes do this, not meat. They need to stop.
  • by eat more souse/hog head cheese on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    Nitrates and sodium are not good for us. Try to avoid the nitrates especially- cancer causing.
  • by Shine Location: Eastern NC on Aug 12, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    Phoooooooeeeee! Pork and beef has been around longer than Harvard Univ. I can agree w/ the sodium and nitrate levels in processed meat......... Ok what did they do before refrigeration??? Where do they think Jerky and Corned Beef came from??? long before their day. Balance is most important but I can't correlate diabetes w/ meat in well thought out servings.
  • by Trampo Location: NC on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    I've got diabetes. The doctors say I shouldn't eat sugar, rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, fruits (except limes), and now I see I'm not supposed to eat meat. Guess I'll just have to eat nothing but leafy green vegetables like broccoli and spinach with lime juice from now on until I die of malnutrition.
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      by Boats on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to Trampo
      Best I can figure, they want us all to do nothing but go out in the back yard and graze.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to Boats
        Only if it's 100% organic.
  • by Dawg on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    Is it any wonder that diabetes is on the rise. Just look at all the new drugs that can raise blood sugar levels. Seems like the drug companies can come up with a way to make you sick, no matter how hard you try to stay well. But then again, doctors and drug companies don't make money off of people that are healthy, do they?
  • by Health Location: East NC on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    Also see : Gerson Therapy. Diet cures and prevention have been studied and proven for decades. There is no money in diet and prevention, only in treatment..... for the big drug companies anyway. "Let thy food be thy medicine".
  • by ANNA Location: USA on Aug 12, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    Diabetes has already been reversed for over 20,000 people, it is the drug makers who hid the story. The Anti Obesity drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure but you do not need their drugs. There is no need for any “drug” for Type 2 Diabetes. The drugs cause direct heart attacks. Diabetes is being reversed out medications with a specialized diet just google SPIRITHAPPY.ORG
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