Latest Study Shows Eating Too Much Red Meat Can Increase Diabetes Risk

Here is a piece of news that meat lovers around the world need to read.  A recent medical study in the United States has show n that eating too much red meat can boost the risk of getting inflicted with type 2 diabetes.   Medical researchers from Harvard School of Public Health revealed eating  50 grams of processed red meat every day increased a person’s diabetes risk by 51 percent, while eating 100 grams of unprocessed red meat each day, about the size of a deck of cards, boosted the risk by 19 percent.

To avoid type 2 diabetes, medical experts said meat lovers instead take time to substitute red meat with nuts, white meat, low-fat dairy or whole grain proteins.  “Clearly, the results from this study have huge public health implications given the rising type 2 diabetes epidemic and increasing consumption of red meats worldwide,” said senior author Frank Hu.  “The good news is that such troubling risk factors can be offset by swapping red meat for a healthier protein.” Hu added.

The experts got the data from questionnaire responses from more than 204,000 people in US nurses and health professionals’ studies.
The subjects in the study were from 14 to 28 years old.  Diabetes mellitus type 2 – formerly non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes – is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose in the context of insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency.

Diabetes is often initially managed by increasing exercise and dietary modification.  If the condition progresses, medications may be needed.  Often affecting the obese, diabetes requires patients to routinely check their blood sugar.  Unlike type 1 diabetes, there is very little tendency toward ketoacidosis though it is not unheard of.  One effect that can occur is nonketonic hyperglycemia. Long-term complications from high blood sugar can include increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, amputation, and kidney failure.

For extreme cases, circulation of limbs is affected, potentially requiring amputation. Loss of hearing, eyesight, and cognitive ability has also been linked to this condition.