Feature

Health scare of the week: Another strike against bacon

Accordiing to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, a daily serving of processed meat increases the risk of developing diabetes by 51 percent.

Americans’ meat-heavy diets may be partly to blame for skyrocketing rates of type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studied the nutritional habits of more than 400,000 people and found that a daily serving of processed meat—one hot dog or two slices of bacon—increases the risk of developing diabetes by 51 percent. Unprocessed red meat, such as steak or hamburgers, is less damaging, but still causes a nearly 20 percent spike in diabetes risk. “There’s no question that consumption of red meat is too high,” study author Frank Hu tells Scientific American. The average American eats more than 100 pounds of red meat per year, and more than 25 million adults have diabetes. Researchers think that high levels of sodium and preservatives in processed products and a type of iron found in red meat may damage cells that help regulate blood sugar. The good news: By replacing a daily serving of meat with low-fat dairy or nuts, the study found, people can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes.

Recommended

U.S. births rose in 2021, but remained lower than pre-pandemic levels
Crying baby
oh baby

U.S. births rose in 2021, but remained lower than pre-pandemic levels

Nearly one-third of the Senate has now had COVID
Jeff Merkley
like the plague

Nearly one-third of the Senate has now had COVID

Biden says monkeypox quarantines are unlikely in U.S.
Joe Biden.
not again

Biden says monkeypox quarantines are unlikely in U.S.

Southern Baptist leaders covered up sexual abuse for decades, report finds
Southern Baptist Convention in 2018
'listening, lamenting, and learning'

Southern Baptist leaders covered up sexual abuse for decades, report finds

Most Popular

Trump loses his grip on a Trumpified GOP
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Trump loses his grip on a Trumpified GOP

'Why are we willing to live with this carnage?'
Uvalde, Texas.
Briefing

'Why are we willing to live with this carnage?'

21 dead in shooting at Texas elementary school
A Texas State Police officer at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
tragedy strikes

21 dead in shooting at Texas elementary school