Red meat and diabetes

Regularly eating red meat, particularly processed meat, increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a meta-analysis from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

The analysis included 442,101 subjects, of whom 28,228 had developed T2D. The researchers found that a daily serving of 50 g of processed meat – such as one hot dog or two slices of bacon – was associated with a 51% increased risk of developing T2D. 

Substituting a daily serving of red meat for one serving of nuts was associated with a 21% decreased risk of T2D. If the red meat was replaced by a low-fat dairy serving or whole grains, there was a 17% and 23% lowered risk, respectively.  

Am J of Clin Nutr, online 10 Aug