Changes in red meat consumption tied to increased diabetes risk

There's no question that excess sugar consumption is a no-no for diabetics.

But here's another thing you might need to be wary of in your diet: red meat.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that foods like bacon or steaks should probably be eaten in moderation – not just for cholesterol health, but to decrease your chance of developing type 2 diabetes as well.

Elevated risk comes from changes in consumption

Researchers noted that red meat has been consistently linked to diabetes risk, but how changes in consumption affect risk is a topic that has not been explored – until now.

The study included data on more than 148,000 people dating back to 1986. Every four years, participants were questioned about their diets through surveys, and the information was used to assess diabetes risk while adjusting for things like smoking status, family history, race and changes in lifestyle factors.

Results showed that increasing red meat intake by just a half-serving per day was associated with a 48-percent elevated risk for type 2 diabetes in the following four-year period. Reducing consumption by a half-serving was associated with a 14-percent decreased risk of developing the condition.

The role of weight

While body weight tends to have the most significant impact on the development of diabetes, even when researchers controlled for this factor the diabetes risk remained the same.

Dr. David Nathan, who directs the diabetes center at Massachusetts General Hospital, said that compounds in red meat called nitrosamines might play a role in causing stress on the body and damage to the pancreas.

"Our understanding is that, especially [when they occur in] processed meats, these nitrosamines can cause inflammation," he explained to NPR.

So do you have to cut red meat out of your diet completely? It's more about overall lifestyle and moderation, Nathan concluded.

"Red meat should be considered in the setting of a balanced diet," he said.

Source: NPR

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com who may contact you with updates and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

Limiting our intake of highly processed foods, and eating more whole and lightly processed fare can boost our nutrient and fiber intake, lower...

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

Today, the healing benefits of essential oils are more than the claims of ancient tradition and alternative medicine. They are increasingly the...

The different sugar content of fruits can be confusing when you are trying to manage your...

There is nothing close to a one-size-fits-all exercise program for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The best general advice is to...

More Articles

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

There is nothing close to a one-size-fits-all exercise program for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The best general advice is to...

”Metabolic memory” (less commonly known as ”hyperglycemic memory” or “legacy effect”) refers to the lingering effects of a long period of either...

Limiting our intake of highly processed foods, and eating more whole and lightly processed fare can boost our nutrient and fiber intake, lower...

With such a marked increase in the number of new diabetes cases, more people are wondering if type 1 diabetes...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 7 million people in the United States have diabetes but don’t know it yet. These people...

While some celebrities aren't quick to talk about living with diabetes, others are quite transparent and inspiring - acting as advocates for the...

People with diabetes are about twice as likely to experience heart disease as those without the condition, making cardiovascular health a critical...

Pilates is an exercise method proven to improve flexibility, strength, coordination, muscular stamina, balance, and posture. Many Pilates...

All diabetics know that maintaining proper blood sugar levels is the lifeline...

It can be difficult enough to get on stage and make a roomful of strangers laugh, but for comedians suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes,...

Most people with insulin-dependent diabetes use syringes and lancets every day. However, many of them do not know how to dispose of these...

Explaining diabetes to children can seem like a daunting task, but in reality, it is no more difficult than discussing anything else important....

Diabetes is a complex disease, affecting virtually every part of the body. The damage it does, to nerve endings, blood vessels, organs, and the...