Red Meat, Processed Meat Lead to Death

New findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine link increased risk of cancer mortality and cardiovascular mortality with eating large amounts of red and processed meat. The largest study of its kind, researchers surveyed over 545,000 men and women, ages 50 to 71, on their eating habits and then followed them for 10 years, during this time 70,000 participants died, revealing men eating the equivalent of one quarter-pound hamburger each day had a 22% higher risk of dying of cancer and 27% for heart disease, compared to men eating only 5 ounces per week. Women had a 20% higher risk of death from cancer and 50% for heart disease; the Associated Press reports.

The low-carb kooks must be throwing a tantrum right now, but this study isn’t the first. In November, findings in the journal Cancer Research showed consuming foods high in saturated fat such as red meat heighten the risk of cancer in the small intestine and last January, a study in the International Journal of Cancer revealed foods like red meat amplify breast cancer risk with every 25 grams of meat resulting in a higher risk.

As for cardiovascular mortality, that’s obvious. According to Dr. Fuhrman, eating a lot of animal products, like meat and dairy, raise cholesterol levels and lead to heart disease, but diets rich in fruits and vegetables lower cholesterol and prevent and reverse cardiovascular events. In December, experts determined eating two servings of red meat each day raise the risk of metabolic syndrome, a precursor to heart disease.

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Steve - March 25, 2009 8:40 AM

Hi Gerry

The headline in Canada was that red meat may shorten your life, but white meat may extend it. I can't tell you anything more than that because I don't listen to news bites about diet and health anymore (excepting a very small number of sources such as this site of course).

Cheers, Steve

sharon shaw - March 26, 2009 12:06 AM

....in other words, if you eat a slab, you'll end up on one!

mike rubino - March 29, 2009 6:45 AM

Those addicted to red meat will just ignore this and turn to Atkins and others as their safety harbors.Atkins had a MD and the South beach guy is a cardilogist.People who eat greens are kooks in their view. In the meantime the Cancer societies will ask for more money for more research dollars to find the cure.. As will the Diabeties Heart and MS folks.

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