April 21, 2014
Red Meat and Diabetes
Wellness Tip

Red Meat and Diabetes

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Red meat may increase the risk of diabetes, suggests a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which included nearly 150,000 health professionals.

Those who increased their intake of red meat (beef, pork and lamb) by more than a half serving a day, on average, over a four-year period were 48 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes during the next four years, compared to those who did not increase their meat consumption.

In contrast, those who reduced their meat intake by a half serving a day had a 14 percent lower risk of diabetes. Because this was an observational study, however, it does not prove that red meat causes diabetes.