Red Meat Linked to Liver Disease, Insulin Resistance

Eating lots of processed and red meat increased risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and insulin resistance, especially if the meat is well cooked, according to an Israeli study.

The study team examined data on 789 adults who completed questionnaires about their eating and cooking habits and also underwent liver ultrasound scans as well as lab tests for insulin resistance.

Overall, 39 percent of the participants were found to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and 31 percent had insulin resistance.

People who ate more processed and red meat than at least half of the other participants were 47 percent more likely to have liver disease and 55 percent more likely to have insulin resistance, researchers report in the Journal of Hepatology, March 19.

SOURCE: ‘Well Done’ Red Meat Linked to Liver Disease, Insulin Resistance – Medscape – Apr 12, 2018.