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People who want to avoid type 2 diabetes might want to limit use of the barbecue grill. There’s new evidence that grilled meat can increase the chance of this disorder.

What Is the Story on Grilled Meat?

The long-running Nurses’ Health Study collected detailed dietary data on nearly 60,000 women every few years between 1986 and 2012. The investigators also compile complete health information on every participant, yielding 1.24 million person-years of data.

More than 6,000 women were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the study. The scientists found that women who ate red meat that was barbecued or broiled two or more times a week had a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate it less than once a month.

Their risk was 29 percent higher if they ate barbecued meat compared to women who rarely indulged in such food. Those who frequently ate broiled meat had a 23 percent higher risk of diabetes. Eating meats that were stewed or boiled did not seem to carry the same risk.

Does Grilled Meat Contribute to Weight Gain?

The researchers found that women who ate grilled meat frequently were also more likely to gain weight, which might contribute to the risk of diabetes. They did not explain this connection, however. Might it be that meals containing barbecued burgers or steak also have lots of fattening extras?

Liu et al, Diabetes Care, online June 13, 2017 

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  1. Dale

    It’s All The Ketchup And Barbeque Sauce That’s Included With The Meat That’s Causing The Increase In Blood Sugar, Not The Meat

  2. Stephanie

    I would think that it has more to do with the ‘extras’ than just the barbecued meat. If the participants were eating a lot of bread and/or pasta that would raise the possibility of increased blood glucose, hence, type 2 diabetes. These studies have to look at all aspects of the diet not just one as in this study of grilled meat. It also could be that grilled meats taste better than stewed, causing participants to eat more.
    The term moderation should be incorporated into everyone’s thought pattern when it comes to eating.

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