Processed meat increases heart disease and diabetes risk

Researchers have previously linked the consumption of processed meats such as sausage, salami, hot dogs and lunch meats with an increased risk of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, a theory further confirmed by a recent meta analysis from scientists at Harvard University.

The scientists combined the results of nearly 1,600 previous studies which tested for an effect on diabetes and heart disease.

The study defined processed meats as those which were preserved through curing, smoking, salting or chemicals and they found that every 1.8 ounces of processed meat consumed per day raised the risk of diabetes by 19 percent and the risk of heart disease by 42 percent.

In order to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, experts have advised that individuals keep their consumption of processed meat to one serving per week or less.

“To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should consider which types of meats they are eating, processed meats such as bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs and processed deli meats may be the most important to avoid.” Said researcher Renata Micha.

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