Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption Linked to Disturbed Blood Sugar Regulation

Increased levels of blood sugar (glucose) and insulin are symptoms of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, which are disturbances in blood sugar regulation. Diabetes increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, blindness, impotence, amputation and premature death. A large meta-analysis, involving more than 60 research centers worldwide and 50,000 non-diabetic Caucasian patients, found a link between red and processed meat consumption and disturbances in blood glucose regulation. Consumption of processed meat was linked to increased blood glucose, while red meat consumption is linked to high blood levels of glucose and insulin. Genetic variations did not change the results. Consumption of red and processed meat is linked to higher body mass index (BMI; proportion of weight to height). Red and processed meat eaters tend to be fatter, which makes them more prone to type 2 diabetes. (American Journal Clinical Nutrition, 102: 1266-1278, 2015)

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