People with diabetes or people prone to diabetes are bored of repeatedly being advised to eat more fruits and veggies, exercise daily and maintain a healthy weight. But, experts have a different opinion and feel that eating red meat or processed meat has a profound impact on such people.
Some studies show an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in people who eat more red meat or processed meats (such as hot dogs, bacon, etc.). A 2017 study conducted on almost 64,000 people found that those who ate the highest quantity of red meat were at a 23% higher risk for diabetes over an average 11-year follow up. The same study also found that people who ate poultry were at a 15% greater risk for Type 2 diabetes than the rest of the population.
The Connecting Links between Type 2 Diabetes and Eating Red Meat
Red meat contains sodium that can increase blood pressure which in turn increases insulin resistance and prevents the body from using the stored insulin accurately. Moreover, nitrates and nitrites in processed meats can also increase insulin resistance doubling the chances of acquiring Type 2 diabetes. The heme iron can also cause inflammation in the body. It is important to understand that not all inflammations are good and some of them can cause utmost harm to the human body.
But, don’t take a hasty decision of throwing away all your frozen red meat into the bin. Though studies do indicate a link between eating meat and diabetes, there is no literal meaning that implies that eating meat causes Type 2 diabetes. Meat should be included in your dietary routine unless you are a non-meat eater. Consuming meat helps to build muscle mass, contains healthy B vitamins and prevents anemia.
There are other researches that indicate that there might be an association between meat consumption and chronic illness/cancer. So, while not totally abstaining from meat, it is recommended to eat less of it.
Alternatives to Meat
Individuals planning to cut down on their meaty intake can try the following suggestions:
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.