Enjoying a traditional daily breakfast with a sausage or two rashers of bacon can more than double the risk of developing diabetes, experts have warned.
The findings came from researchers in the United States who analysed diabetes rates among more than 37,000 men and two large groups of women collectively totalling 167,000.
They found there was a strong association between incidents of Type 2 diabetes and consumption of red meat, especially when it was processed.
And they issued an unequivocal, specific warning that a 50g daily serving of processed meat - equivalent to one sausage or two slices of bacon - was associated with a 51% increase in risk.
Conversely, the findings suggested replacing red meat with healthier protein from low-fat dairy products, nuts or whole grains significantly lowered the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Pan A, et al. Red meat consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: 3 cohorts of US adults and an updated meta-analysis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011; Advance online publication