Beware of the Burger: Eating More Meat Linked to Blood Sugar Imbalances and Liver Disease | meat | metabolic disorder | liver

However, as Americans eat more animal protein than ever before, researchers in Israel suggest in a new study that the increased meat consumption may lead to chronic conditions that had not been reported previously.

Specifically, the study, published in the Journal of Hepatology, suggests high consumption of red and processed meats, including sausage and hot dogs, may lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and insulin resistance.

Previous studies have connected high consumption of red meat and processed meat with several other chronic conditions, including cancerType 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The new study is the first to connect the popular protein choices with these metabolic conditions.

High consumption of red and processed meats, including sausage and hot dogs, may lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and insulin resistance.

“Unhealthy Western lifestyle plays a major role in the development progression of NAFLD, namely, lack of physical activity and high consumption of fructose and saturated fat,” Shira Zelber-Sagi, the study’s lead researcher, said in a statement. “Our study looked at other common foods in the Western diet, namely red and processed meats, to determine whether they increase the risk for NAFLD.”

Zelber-Sagi and her colleagues recruited 357 people between the ages of 40 and 70 for their study. Each participant underwent several screenings and studies, including a colonoscopy. Participants were also asked to keep a food diary to measure meat consumption details.

At the end of the two-year study, 38.7 percent of participants were diagnosed with NAFLD, and 30.5 percent were diagnosed with insulin resistance.

The food journals revealed that in general, people ate more white meat than red meat.

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