Eating Meat Could Raise Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

There’s been a great deal of discussion about using diet to regulate blood sugar in the treatment and prevention of Type 2 diabetes — avoiding simple carbohydrates and sugars that break down quickly and cause spikes in blood sugar is one of the building blocks of the diabetic diet. But a new study suggests that it may also be important for diabetics and those with pre-diabetes to pay attention to how much meat is in their diets.

A recent study conducted in Europe demonstrated that eating a diet heavy in animal products and other acidic foods can create an “acid load” or buildup in the body, and this acid load can cause health complications that include insulin sensitivity — a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Even when controlling for other risk factors for diabetes, the correlation remained.

While the study doesn’t explicitly prove that an acidic diet directly causes diabetes, it could raise flags for those who have other risk factors for diabetes and who eat diets that are heavily based in meats, eggs, and dairy products. Even when creating a dietary plan that avoids simple carbohydrates, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

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