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Red Meat, Another Contributer to Type 2 Diabetes

4:26 PM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - When grilling this summer you may want to add more veggies, seafood, and poultry to your bbq.

A study released today confirms the association and reveals more information about higher risks of developing type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) when increasing red meat intake. 

Studies in the past have related the consumption of red meat to increased risk of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). However, this time the study includes detailed information which shows how eating habits fluctuate over time

After tracking red meat eating habits of about 150,000 people, An Pan Ph.D., of the National University of Singapore and his colleagues found a significant number of T2DM cases. This was especially apparent in those who increased their serving of red meat over at least a four year period. 

Results showed that increasing red meat intake of more than a half of a serving per day led to a 48% increased risk of developing T2DM. Following a similar pattern, decreasing red meat intake of more than one half of a serving per day led to a 14% decreased risk of developing T2DM. 

The results are published in the online JAMA Internal Medicine publication.  

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