Eating Red Meat May Boost Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Source: Michelle Castillo / CBS News

People who eat red meat may be putting themselves at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

A new study published June 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that eating red meat over time was associated with a higher chance of developing the most common form of diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which a person’s blood sugar, known as glucose, is too high. About 8.3 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association, with the majority having Type 2 diabetes.

In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin or ignores the presence of insulin. Insulin is necessary to process glucose into energy that’s used by cells in the body. When glucose builds up, it can lead to diabetes-related health issues like high blood pressure, mental health troubles, hearing loss and eye, foot and skin complications. A December 2012 study in JAMA reported that the number of Americans going blind went up 20 percent, and the increasing cases of diabetes may be to blame. The disease can also cause oral health problems, nerve damage, kidney damage and stroke.

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