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Diabetes continues to be a major health concern for public health officials. The incidence of diabetes has grown in the past two decades producing more than 37 million Americans who live with diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of Americans have type 2 diabetes 1. It is estimated that in 2030 cases of diabetes will rise to 439 million 2. Risk factors contribute to the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes and other health concerns 3. Reducing risk factors like a sedentary lifestyle and a high red meat consumption diet has shown to improve the overall health and reduce the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Some practices to reduce red meat consumption have included taxation of these products, health marketing on products, and implementation of nutrition programs to increase more plant-based diet 4 5. The methodology behind finding this research included doing a comprehensive search through our institutional library database. Specific search words like “meat consumption” and “programs” and a range of publishing dates, in attempts to locate recent and updated findings. Research has shown that higher rates of red meat consumption contributes to a greater chance of diabetes as well as other non-communicable diseases 6. Common preventions have encouraged weight loss, which is obtained through a drastic diet change and continuing with an active lifestyle3. Health behavior is the driving force to encourage people to change, an analysis with the Health Belief Model contributes to a strong understanding as to why people struggle to make these necessary health changes. With more research and more health promotion programs, people can have an avenue to improve their health.


Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism



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A Literature Review on Red Meat Consumption Contribution as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes