… 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.