Excessive consumption of unprocessed meat has been linked to an increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease called diverticulitis, according to studies.
This study was published in the journal Gut.
Diverticulitis occurs when small pockets lining the intestine (diverticula), gets irritated. Diverticulitis is connected to obesity, smoking, and chronic use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
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For the study, the research team examined data collected from more than 46,000 volunteers in the ongoing Health Professionals Follow-Up Study over a period of 26 years. The men in the study filled out questionnaires about their medical histories and any illnesses they had for every two years. Every four years, they completed a questionnaire to give researchers a knowledge of foods they eat.
The men in the study had no past problems related to diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease or a gastrointestinal disorder when they began the study. At the end of the study, those who consumed more red meat where found to have develop diverticulitis.
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However cause and effect wasn’t exploited for the study. So further research needs to be conducted using different demographic factors.
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