Diet & Nutrition

Eating meat regularly may increase the risk of 25 health conditions

Studies have linked regular meat consumption with a higher risk of bowel cancer. But new research has shown its intake presents other dangers.

Eating meat regularly may pose a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and pneumonia, a new study has found.

While it has been documented that the intake of red and processed meats leads to a heightened risk of being diagnosed with bowel cancer, this is the first time meat consumption has been connected to the 25 most common illnesses that lead to hospitalisation in the UK.

The Oxford University study examined the health records of 474,985 middle-aged Britons, including details of their diets drawing information from medical records.

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Data suggested that for every 70g of unprocessed red meat and processed meat that someone consumed daily increased their risk of diabetes by 30 percent and heart disease by 15 percent.

However, it’s important to note that it was primarily meat-eaters who were overweight or obese who were running these risks, which were reduced once the participant’s body mass index (BMI) was taken into account.

“On average, participants who reported consuming meat regularly (three or more times per week) had more adverse health behaviours and characteristics than participants who consumed meat less regularly,” the study concluded.

“Higher consumption of unprocessed red and processed meat combined was associated with higher risks of ischaemic heart disease, pneumonia, diverticular disease, colon polyps and diabetes, and higher consumption of poultry meat was associated with higher risks of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, gastritis and duodenitis, diverticular disease, gallbladder disease and diabetes.”

Experts worldwide have been advocating for limiting, not necessarily eliminating entirely, meat consumption, as not only can it impact your health long-term but processing plants and over-farming are having disastrous effects on the environment.