Meat health warning

| Post published on August 4, 2021
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Meat and disease

… and it comes from a study of half-a-million people

We know that red and processed meat increase the risk of bowel cancer but new research, from the University of Oxford shows that it also increases the risk of nine other serious illnesses. Scientists looked at the health records of half-a-million UK adults and found that higher consumption of red and processed meat increased the risk of heart disease, pneumonia, diverticular disease, colon polyps and diabetes. Higher consumption of poultry increased the risk of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, gastritis and duodenitis, diverticular disease, gallbladder disease and diabetes. It’s quite a list!

Papier K, Fensom GK, Knuppel A et al. 2021. Meat consumption and risk of 25 common conditions: outcome-wide analyses in 475,000 men and women in the UK Biobank study. BMC Medicine. 19 (1) 53.

About the author
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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