Healthy Choices

News and inspiration for healthy living in Northern California

June 27, 2013
Should red meat be on your Fourth of July menu?

Should red meat be part of your July 4 menu? Naturally, that's up to you. This is America we are celebrating, after all.

But here are some new findings from research on the correlation between red meat and Type 2 diabetes -- all the way from the National University of Singapore.

There's no hard and fast evidence that eating red meat leads directly to Type 2 diabetes. But it looks like the more you eat, the higher your risk of developing diabetes down the road.

An Pan, the lead author of the study, told Reuters in an email: "I think the difference is enough to encourage people at least not to increase red meat consumption, and then think about ways to reduce the consumption."

Type II diabetes occurs when the body either does not produce enough insulin or ignores the insulin it needs to turn food into energy.

About 26 million Americans have diabetes -- and between 90 and 95 percent of those have Type 2 and need to keep a close eye on what they eat.

So you might want to keep your feast down to one burger, instead going for seconds.

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About Healthy Choices

Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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