Dying for it!

| Post published on June 2, 2009
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New research from the US adds to existing evidence that eating large amounts of red or processed meat increases the risk of dying from cancer, heart disease and other conditions. In this huge study, half a million people aged 50-71 were followed for 10 years. Results showed that women eating the most processed meat were 25 per cent more likely to die early than those eating the least, while men had a 16 per cent increased risk.

Sinha et al., 2009. Meat intake and mortality: a prospective study of over half a million people. Archives of Internal Medicine. 169 (6) 562-571.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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