24 January 2010

Diets high in animal protein linked to increased diabetes risk

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A new study published in the January edition of Diabetes Care reveals “diets high in animal protein are associated with an increased diabetes risk.”

For 10 years, researchers followed the dietary protein intake of 38,094 participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition who had an average age of 49 years. During the study, researchers found that consuming calories in the form of protein at the expense of consuming the same amount from fat or carbohydrate, led to a 30% increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is important to note that vegetable protein alone was found to not be related to diabetes.

Researchers conclude, “This finding indicates that accounting for protein content in dietary recommendations for diabetes prevention may be useful.”

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