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Processed and unprocessed red meat consumption and incident type 2 diabetes among French women

Women who regularly consume large servings of processed meats are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who are rare- or non-consumers of processed meats.

This study investigated the relationship between the consumption of processed and unprocessed red meat and the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Using validated dietary questionnaires, researchers examined the processed and unprocessed red meat intakes of 66,118 disease-free French women. The relative risk of diabetes of each participant was also assessed in this study.

Researchers discovered that subjects who consumed 5 or more servings of processed meats per week had higher chances of developing type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less than 1 serving per week. On the other hand, increased intake of unprocessed meats was found to have little or no effect on type 2 diabetes risk in this study. The findings of this study reveal that high consumption of processed meats may promote the development of type 2 diabetes among French women.

Research Summary Information

  • 2012
  • Lajous M, Tondeur L, Fagherazzi G, de Lauzon-Guillain B, Boutron-Ruaualt MC, Clavel-Chapelon F.
  • Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. mlajous@hsph.harvard.edu
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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