Red meat can increase the risk of diabetes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Red meat can increase the risk of diabetes

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It's okay to eat red meat, but eat it in moderation. That's according to a new study from Harvard that followed about a half million Americans for at least 15 years.

They found that a daily serving of red meat, processed or not, can increase the risk of developing type two diabetes.  Specifically, eating just two slices of processed bacon or one hot dog a day- could increase the risk by 51%.  

However, even a daily dose of un-processed meat, like pork, steak, or a hamburger, increased the risk of type two diabetes by nearly 20 percent.

Overall, researchers decided that it's okay to enjoy red meat occasionally, but by adding other proteins to the diet like nuts and low-fat dairy. The risk of diabetes goes down instead.

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