‘Well Done’ Red Meat Linked to Liver Disease, Diabetes Risk Factor

‘Well Done’ Red Meat Linked to Liver Disease, Diabetes Risk Factor

A study out of Israel suggests that your risk for diabetes increases if you eat your steak well done.  This research looked at non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its link to diabetes.  Fatty liver disease occurs when more than 5 % of the liver is made up of fat.  This can be caused by excessive drinking or in the case of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease risks are obesity, high consumption of red and processed meat, little exercise and smoking.

789 adults over the age of 59 were given questionnaires about their eating habits.  Liver ultrasounds were done and tests for insulin resistance.  39% had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  31% had insulin resistance.  Both NAFLD and insulin resistance increase your risk for heart disease and diabetes.

To decrease your risk of NAFLD and insulin resistance choose turkey, chicken or fish as your animal protein.  And when you do eat red meat don’t choose “well-done”.

Key Points:

  • 1Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is associated with obesity and certain eating habits.
  • 2People who eat more processed and red meat are more likely to have liver disease.
  • 3Cooking meats at higher temps leads to more disease than eating more rare meat.

Preparing meat “well done” forms compounds known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that are tied to both liver disease and insulin resistance
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