A new US study has found that people who eat red meat daily are over 50% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
As part of the study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers analysed the link between type 2 diabetes and red meat consumption in male and female participants.
They found that diabetes risk in those who eat 50g of processed meat everyday was 51% higher.
The study also showed that a 100g serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) everyday was associated with a 19% higher diabetes risk.
The possibility of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced significantly by consuming a diet rich in healthier protein, such as low-fat dairy products, nuts or whole grains, instead of red meat.
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