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Red Meat Means Red Light for Diabetics

Put off that chicken liver, oysters and clams, advised a group of researchers from Harvard School of Public Health for diabetics who want to steer clear of heart disease.

In a study published in Diabetes Care journal, consumption of red meat and heme iron-rich food has been associated with heart disease. Head researcher Dr. Li Qi and colleagues came out with the finding after studying 6,161 women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They took into consideration the age, body weight, and eating habits of the participants. The researchers observed an increase in heart disease cases. Specifically, 550 participants had the disease only during follow-up period between 1980 and 2000.

The findings showed participants who had high intake of red meat and heme iron were 50 times more at risk for heart disease compared to those who rarely consume iron-rich food. Women under postmenopausal bracket were found to be most at risk for the disease.

However, researchers cleared that study findings showed heme iron consumption is only associated, and not blamed for, heart disease.

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