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Tuesday, June 18 2013, 08:00 AM MDT
Red Meat and Diabetes
(KUTV) New research finds that adding more red meat to your diet could increase your risk of type-2 diabetes. Researchers found adding a half serving a day of red meat increased the risk nearly 50 percent.

Sherry Batrus is trying to be healthy, especially when it comes to food. “I grew up in the south. I grew up with fried foods, carb city, tons of sugar. I mean if it was up to me I could eat Krispy Kreme every day,” Batrus says. 

A year ago Batrus, who is 62, cut out red meat and adopted a Mediterranean diet. “I eat chick peas, lentils, beans, all that stuff. Lots of salads,” Batrus says.

Eating less meat may have also reduced her chances of getting diabetes. A new study followed 100-thousand people for four years. Those who ate half a serving less of red meat a day, reduced their risk of diabetes by 14 percent. But those who added a half serving increased their diabetes risk nearly 50 percent.

The study found the increase risk for diabetes was even greater for processed red meat like hot dogs, sausage and salami.

“As we enter the summer and we go barbequing what I recommend is throw some vegetables on the grill, because they are going to be healthier for you,” says Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum with Lenox Hill Hospital.

Diabetes affects about 25 million Americans and is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

“If we can say to patients, get the saturated fats get the meat out of your diets, and you're going to prevent diabetes, that's hugely powerful – empowering,” Dr. Steinbaum says.

Sherri has lost 20 pounds and lowered her cholesterol. She says she doesn't miss the meat. “I just feel better. I feel healthier. I heat lighter. I never have that full feeling after I eat,” Sherry says. But she says she's only human and still has a little ice cream once in a while. The research analyzed three Harvard group studies of nearly 100-thousand people over a four year period.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
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