Researchers have found that people who eat more red meat in their middle-ages were at a 19 percent higher risk for kidney cancer. They also found that grilled or barbecued meat also increased the risk of disease. Remember that a diet lean in red meat and high in vegetables in much better for our bodies.
“Our findings support the dietary recommendations for cancer prevention currently put forth by the American Cancer Society — limit intake of red and processed meats and prepare meat by cooking methods such as baking and broiling,” said lead researcher Carrie Daniel, at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
Previous studies examining the link between red meat and kidney cancer arrived at mixed conclusions, so Daniel and her colleagues used data from a study of close to 500,000 U.S. adults age 50 or older to take another look at the issue.
The group was surveyed on their dietary habits, including meat consumption, and then followed for an average of nine years to track any new cancer diagnoses.
During that time, about 1,800 of them — less than half a percent — were diagnosed with kidney cancer.
On average, men in the study ate two to three ounces (57 to 85 grams) of red meat a day, compared to one or two ounces among women. Participants with the highest consumption of red meat — about four ounces (113 grams) per day — were 19 percent more likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer than those who ate less than one ounce per day.
The association between red meat and cancer was stronger for so-called papillary cancers, but there was no effect for clear-cell kidney cancers.
The study doesn’t prove that eating red meat, or cooking it a certain way, causes kidney cancer. And, said Mohammed El-Faramawi, an epidemiologist from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, some people who eat lots of red meat won’t develop kidney cancer, while others who hardly eat any will. (reuters)
Over the past 6 month I have decreased my intake of red meat. I have increased the amount of chicken, turkey and vegetables I consume. So I hope this gives some information you can use and enjoy.