Red meat 'linked to type 2 diabetes'

Posted on 11 August 2011

People with long term care plans may want to cut down on their red meat after new research revealed that the food could be linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

A study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a strong association between the consumption of red meat and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, which commonly affects older adults.

In addition, replacing red meat in the diet with healthier proteins such as low-fat dairy, nuts or whole grains significantly cuts the risk of developing the condition.

The authors recommended that consumption of processed red meat should be minimised and unprocessed red meat should also be reduced.

In other news, research published on bmj.com warned that intensive glucose lowering treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes should be viewed with caution.

Researchers found that intensive glucose lowering treatment had no positive impact on all-cause or cardiovascular mortality among patients.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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