Red Meat, Heart Disease, and Diabetics

Now I’m not a red meat eater, and haven’t been for several years. Why? Well it’s one of those foods, along with bacon, potato chips, and doughnuts that I simply don’t trust. And according to Food Navigator there’s another reason to be suspicious of it—especially if you’re diabetic. New research has determined diabetics who eat lots of red meat increase their risk of heart disease by fifty-percent. Check it out:
The research looked at the effects of red meat and dietary iron intake on the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) among the 6,161 women with diagnosed type-2 diabetes enrolled in the Nurses Health Study…


… After adjusting the results for confounding factors such as age and BMI, the researchers report that high intake of heme iron from red meat, poultry and seafood was associated with a significantly increased risk of CHD for these diabetic women.
Issues surrounding red meat are no stranger to this blog. In fact, this past November a new study determined a link between red meat and cancer. Steven Reinberg of HealthDay News was all over it:
"We found that higher red meat intake may be a risk factor for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer among premenopausal women," said lead author Eunyoung Cho, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "The majority of breast cancer is hormone receptor-positive, and the incidence of hormone receptor-positive tumors has been increasing in the United States," she added.
And let’s not forget this University of San Diego School of Medicine press release claiming milk and red meat contain a unique molecule which promotes diseases. More from the release:
The study’s senior author, Ajit Varki, M.D., UCSD professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine, and co-director of the UCSD Glycobiology Research and Training Center, said that although it is unlikely that the ingestion of Neu5Gc alone would be primarily responsible for any specific disease, “it is conceivable that gradual Neu5Gc incorporation into the cells of the body over a lifetime, with subsequent binding of the circulating antibodies against Neu5Gc (the immune response), could contribute to the inflammatory processes involved in various diseases.”
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