Study: Red meat increases diabetes risk

August 10, 2011

A new study finds eating red meat, whether it's processed or not, can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Scientists at Harvard found that eating processed meats every day can increase risk by 51 percent, and eating unprocessed red meat can increase diabetes risk by nearly 20 percent. They consider pork, lamb, steak and hamburger unprocessed meats. A portion size is equal to a deck of cards.

Researchers looked at data from nearly half a million people who were studied for at least 15 years.

Participants who chose healthier protein sources, such as nuts, low fat dairy or whole grains, saw their diabetes risk drop.

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