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STUDY: EATING RED MEAT FOUND TO LEAD TO EARLY DEATH

 
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Study Finds Eating Red Meat Contributes to Risk of Early Death



By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 23, 2009; 4:06 PM

Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to a large federal study that offers powerful new evidence that a diet that regularly includes steaks, burgers and pork chops is hazardous to your health.

The study of more than 500,000 middle-age and elderly Americans found that those who consumed the equivalent of about a small hamburger every day were more than 30 percent more likely to die during the 10 years they were followed, mostly from heart disease and cancer. Sausage, cold cuts and other processed meats also increased the risk.

Previous research had found a link between red meat and an increased risk of heart disease and cancer, particularly colorectal cancer, but the new study is the first large examination of the relationship between eating meat and overall mortality.

"The bottom line is we found an association between red meat and processed meat and an increased risk of mortality," said Rashmi Sinha of the National Cancer Institute, who led the study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In contrast, routine consumption of fish, chicken, turkey and other poultry decreased the risk of death by a small amount, the study found.


Although pork often is promoted as "white meat," it is believed to increase the risk for cancer because of its iron content, Sinha said. It is often grouped with red meat in nutritional studies.

"This would be the Rolls Royce of studies on this topic," said Barry M. Popkin, a professor of global nutrition at the University of North Carolina, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study. "This is a slam-dunk to say that, 'Yes, indeed, if people want to be healthy and live longer, consume less red and processed meat.' "

There are many explanations for how red meat might be unhealthy: Cooking red meat generates cancer-causing compounds; red meat is also high in saturated fat, which has been associated with breast and colorectal cancer; and meat is also high in iron, which also is believed to promote cancer. People who eat red meat are more likely to have high blood pressure and cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. Processed meats contain substances known as nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer.

Regardless of the mechanism, the research provides new evidence that people should follow long-standing recommendations to minimize red meat consumption, several experts said.

"The take-home message is pretty clear," said Walter Willett, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health. "It would be better to shift from red meat to white meat such as chicken and fish, which if anything is associated with lower mortality."

The American Meat Institute, a trade group, dismissed the findings, however, saying they were based on unreliable self-reporting by the study participants.

"Meat products are part of a healthy, balanced diet, and studies show they actually provide a sense of satisfaction and fullness that can help with weight control. Proper body weight contributes to good health overall," James H. Hodges, the group's executive president, said in a written statement.

For the study, researchers analyzed data collected from 545,653 volunteers, ages 50 to 71, participating in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. In 1995, the subjects filled out detailed questionnaires about their diets, including their meat consumption. Over the next 10 years, 47,976 men and 23,276 women died.

After accounting for other variables that might confound the findings, such as smoking and physical activity, the researchers found that those who consumed the most red meat -- about a quarter-pound a day -- were more likely to die of any reason, and from heart disease and cancer in particular, than those who consumed the least -- the equivalent to a couple of slices of ham a day.

Women who ate the most red meat were 36 percent more likely to die for any reason, 20 percent more likely to die from cancer and 50 percent more likely to die from heart disease. Men who ate the most meat were 31 percent more likely to die for any reason, 22 percent more likely to die of cancer and 27 percent more likely to die of heart disease.

In contrast, those who consumed the most white meat were about 8 percent less likely to die during the study period, the researchers found. Poultry contains more unsaturated fat, which improves cholesterol levels, and fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

The risk was also elevated among those who consumed the most processed meat, which included any kind of sausage, cold cuts or hot dogs. Women who consumed the most processed meat, about an ounce a day, were about 25 percent more likely to die overall, about 11 percent more likely to die of cancer and about 38 percent more likely to die from heart disease. The men who ate the most processed meat were 16 percent more likely to die for any reason, about 12 percent more likely to die of cancer and about 9 percent more likely to die of heart disease.

Experts stressed that the findings do not mean that people need to eliminate red meat from their diet but instead should avoid eating it every day.

"You can be very healthy being a vegetarian, but you can very healthy being a non-vegetarian if you keep your red meat intake low," Willett said. "If you are eating meat twice a day and can cut back to once a day there's a big benefit. If you cut back to two or three times a week there's even more benefit. If you eliminate it entirely, there's a little more benefit, but the big benefit is getting away from every day red meat consumption."

In addition to the health benefits of reducing red meat consumption, a major reduction in meat consumption would probably have a host of other benefits to society: reducing water shortages and pollution, cutting energy consumption, and tamping down greenhouse gas emissions -- all of which are associated with large-scale livestock production.

"There's a big interplay between the global increase in animal food intake and the effects on climate change," Popkin said. "If we cut by a few ounces a day our red meat intake, we would have big impact on emissions and environmental degradation."

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I quit a year ago..and I feel fine..
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I quit a year ago..and I feel fine..
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Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!
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Think this is a bunch of bull. Humans are omnivores, we need meat and we need veggies. Look at anyone who has lived pass 100 years old. I happen to know a 103 years old and many 90- 100 years old individuals. I've asked them many times what their diets consisted of. Answer: Eggs, butter, sausage, roast beef, string beans, mashed potatoes and if they were italian pasta. Your best study consist of asking those who are 100 yrs old or older not giving a diet to a 50 year old and follow them around for 10 years. You see the people who are 100 years old are that old because they ate all those things that they tell you are not healthy now. By the way I don't know of any vegetarians who are 100 years or older.
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Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!
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How do you get your protein then? And do you eat fruit?
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Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!
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I was diagnosed with cancer & had to undergo a year of chemo and radiation..just made sense at the time..and now a year later its just the best way to live my body just works better
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Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!

How do you get your protein then? And do you eat fruit?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 641303

Rice & Beans a complete protein!! I eat some dairy, and eggs and fish so...not strict Vegan, Salmon Shrimp Fish No beef no pork no turkey :A4:
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If it ain't one thing, it's another.
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Think this is a bunch of bull. Humans are omnivores, we need meat and we need veggies. Look at anyone who has lived pass 100 years old. I happen to know a 103 years old and many 90- 100 years old individuals. I've asked them many times what their diets consisted of. Answer: Eggs, butter, sausage, roast beef, string beans, mashed potatoes and if they were italian pasta. Your best study consist of asking those who are 100 yrs old or older not giving a diet to a 50 year old and follow them around for 10 years. You see the people who are 100 years old are that old because they ate all those things that they tell you are not healthy now. By the way I don't know of any vegetarians who are 100 years or older.
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a lot of it has to do with the fact that the foods they were eating , especially as children, were so much healthier than we have now, included trace minerals, nothing genetically modified, no growth hormones,etc.

but i have to agree with you on all the above
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havn't had red meat for over a dozen years - do NOT miss it.
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Quality of life, over quantity.

Hmmm, hmmm, pass the steak!
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Quality of life, over quantity.

Hmmm, hmmm, pass the steak!
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Look I think its a lifestyle choice..and from my experience my grocery bill has been cut in half. I do not miss it I have no cravings A&W make a really good veggie patty so its all good!
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Think this is a bunch of bull. Humans are omnivores, we need meat and we need veggies. Look at anyone who has lived pass 100 years old. I happen to know a 103 years old and many 90- 100 years old individuals. I've asked them many times what their diets consisted of. Answer: Eggs, butter, sausage, roast beef, string beans, mashed potatoes and if they were italian pasta. Your best study consist of asking those who are 100 yrs old or older not giving a diet to a 50 year old and follow them around for 10 years. You see the people who are 100 years old are that old because they ate all those things that they tell you are not healthy now. By the way I don't know of any vegetarians who are 100 years or older.
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NO shit man...Let's ask 50 yr olds who've consumed a lifetime of chemical/preservatives in the shit they call food. My challenge is for me to eat double red meat portions from now on and someone else eat ALL FROZEN MEALS and we'll see who lives longer. When they STOP producing shit for food then come back and pick on red meat.

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Yeppers, that is why my grandma, lived to be 93, and my grandpa was 90 when they died. Those damn cow, pig, sheep, elk , deer eating fools! Hell maybe they would still be alive today.

They died in the late 80's. LOL

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This OP doesn't understand raw meat has health benefits versus the cooked shit that has carcinogens from charcoal or has dried all up. Please learn to differentiate.
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Sure every post I have mentions goat blood...How do you think we get plasma tv's?

Organic needs are being assaulted. I'm not amused by this & encourage all to grow heirloom seed for themselves.

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If it ain't one thing, it's another.
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Give it 10 months and they'll be saying the direct opposite.
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I quit a year ago..and I feel fine..



Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!

How do you get your protein then? And do you eat fruit?

Rice & Beans a complete protein!! I eat some dairy, and eggs and fish so...not strict Vegan, Salmon Shrimp Fish No beef no pork no turkey :A4:
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You are Ann Coulter???? lol
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My brain systems function at warp speed. I am sure to six eggs every other day and red meat raw twice weekly. I am not overweight and feel great on the days I get perfect protein.
Brother sun, intuition moon. Home at the forest.

Sure every post I have mentions goat blood...How do you think we get plasma tv's?

Organic needs are being assaulted. I'm not amused by this & encourage all to grow heirloom seed for themselves.

The garden gives greatest power.
Diabetes curing food list [Forget the FDA - Think for yourself]:
Thread: Every item recently recalled by FDA for salmonella has diabetic healing also prostate Big Pharma rids their competition
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I quit a year ago..and I feel fine..



Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!

How do you get your protein then? And do you eat fruit?

Rice & Beans a complete protein!! I eat some dairy, and eggs and fish so...not strict Vegan, Salmon Shrimp Fish No beef no pork no turkey :A4:
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Woman..you NEED some meat..SERIOUSLY...but on your BONES.

I would be afraid to fuck a body like that..a hip bone might stab me to death.

When are women gonna realise that MEN LUV CUUURRRRVVVSSSS!!!!!!!

Put some weight on before you blow away in the next breeze.
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I quit a year ago..and I feel fine..



Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!

How do you get your protein then? And do you eat fruit?

Rice & Beans a complete protein!! I eat some dairy, and eggs and fish so...not strict Vegan, Salmon Shrimp Fish No beef no pork no turkey :A4:


Woman..you NEED some meat..SERIOUSLY...but on your BONES.

I would be afraid to fuck a body like that..a hip bone might stab me to death.

When are women gonna realise that MEN LUV CUUURRRRVVVSSSS!!!!!!!

Put some weight on before you blow away in the next breeze.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 641315



Don't be an asshole 315! Try talking to her like a human being!
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I quit a year ago..and I feel fine..



Good for you! Only eat veggies myself!

How do you get your protein then? And do you eat fruit?

Rice & Beans a complete protein!! I eat some dairy, and eggs and fish so...not strict Vegan, Salmon Shrimp Fish No beef no pork no turkey :A4:


Woman..you NEED some meat..SERIOUSLY...but on your BONES.

I would be afraid to fuck a body like that..a hip bone might stab me to death.

When are women gonna realise that MEN LUV CUUURRRRVVVSSSS!!!!!!!

Put some weight on before you blow away in the next breeze.



Don't be an asshole 315! Try talking to her like a human being!
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HA! That's Mann Coulter and I DO NOT believe she's hooman...a being yes, but hooman...no

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