05 Sep '17, 9pm

A serving of meat a day raises risk of diabetes

A serving of meat a day raises risk of diabetes

Eating about one serving of meat daily puts ethnic Chinese adults at increased risk of diabetes, a study here has found, echoing research that has mainly been conducted on Westerners so far. The study, which tracked 45,411 people from 1999 to 2010, found that a median daily consumption of just one palm-sized serving of meat increased the risk by 23 per cent for red meat and 15 per cent for poultry respectively. The culprit is the dietary haem iron content found in meat and poultry, said the senior author of the study, Professor Koh Woon Puay of the Duke-NUS Medical School. Red or dark meat, such as beef, mutton and pork, contains a higher amount of myoglobin protein, which carries haem iron for binding oxygen. Haem iron is more quickly absorbed by the body, but excessive amounts can damage tissues such as those that produce insulin in the pancreas. Get The Straits Times ne...

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