Red meat consumption is in the news again. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology evaluated the association between high consumption of red or processed meat and colon cancer prognosis. Researchers found that people who consume 10 servings of red or processed meat per week before diagnosis, are at a higher chance of dying from colon cancer than people who consume 2 servings per week. Based on all the negative recent press about red meat, have more of your patients asked you how to make changes to their diet?
For more information, please click here.
Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine just published a study about the correlation of red meat and diabetes risk. Currently in the US, about 26 million people have Diabetes, with 95 percent of those cases being Type 2 Diabetes. The study followed about 149,000 US men and women for 12-16 years and found that decreased consumption of red meat lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 14 % in the long run. What alternatives to red meat do you recommend to your patients for maintenance of a healthy diet?
To access the complete study, click here.
A recent study performed by the Cleveland Clinic research team provides new evidence about red meat consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Intestinal microbiota metabolize L-carnitine (a compound largely found in red meat) into trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) which was found to promote atherosclerosis. Researchers assessed the carnitine levels in 2,595 subjects consisting of vegetarians, non-vegetarians and vegans. Results show that both baseline and plasma TMAO levels were much lower among the vegetarians and vegans. Results also concluded that individuals with high levels of TMAO are at greater risk for developing CVD. These new findings open doors of opportunity for further clinical research for CVD prevention. How often do you incorporate red meat in your diet? What is the likelihood that results of this study will decrease your consumption of meat?
For additional information, please go to Nature Medicine
Image courtesy of Zole/FreeDigitalPhotos