Meats and Cheeses Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Posted on Nov 14 2013 - 7:03am by Admin

For the first time, a study establishes a link between high consumption of meat and dairy products and the significant increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes.


“We had a hypothesis that linked a diet acidifier (rich in animal protein, Editor’s note) to a potential risk of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, two major risk factors for development of type 2 diabetes “says Dr. Guy Fagherazzi, author of the study published in the journal Diabetologia.

For the 1st time, analysis, French moreover, reveals a link between acid charge of what we eat and a significantly increased risk of diabetes. Indeed, certain foods, once absorbed by the body have an acidifying effect, while others have an effect said Basifying or alkalizing. According to Dr. Guy Fagherazzi, meat, especially pork and beef when prepared industrially, as well as cheese and dairy products are among the most acidifying foods, while fruits and vegetables are on the contrary, alkalizing.

The risk of diabetes increased by 56% in the “man-eating” meat

To carry out their work, the Inserm researchers have therefore studied the feeding 66,000 women affiliated with the MGEN (Mutuelle Générale of Education) for 14 years during which 1,372 of them developed diabetes type 2. These epidemiologists have shown in particular that 25% of women who had the largest supply of meat, cheese and dairy products had a 56% increased risk of developing diabetes compared with 25% of participants who had the plan the food more alkalizing.

A Weaker Risk Among Overweight or Obese Women

The authors of this study, the risk of developing a linked to a diet rich in animal protein diabetes would be less important for women who are overweight or obese. In detail, while the risk increased by 96% in women of normal weight eating foods with high acid load, this risk was significantly lower (28%) in women with a BMI greater than 25. The effect of diet on women already at risk for diabetes because of being overweight may be less important. On the other hand, this analysis is based on a large cohort of women, what about this risk for men? “The mechanisms involved behind our work, our assumptions are not sex-dependent. So what we have just seen in this cohort of women is likely to be similar in men, “says Dr. Guy Fagherazzi. From the point of view of public health, the authors of this study concede that given their results, it would be a little preliminary to establish dietary recommendations. However, this team reminds Inserm still some nutritional advice for proper acid-base balance on his plate.

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