Processed meats increases risk of heart disease by 40 percent

Processed meats increases risk of heart disease by 40 percentU. S. researchers have found that processed meats, bacon, hot dogs or processed deli meats, are linked to more than a 40 percent higher risk of heart disease.

The researchers found no higher risk of heart disease or diabetes among people who ate unprocessed red meat, beef, pork, or lamb, Lead author Renata Micha, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, has said.

It was reported that Micha and colleagues Dariush Mozaffarian, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology and Sarah Wallace, a junior research fellow in the department of epidemiology, reviewed some 1,600 studies. Twenty studies involving more than 1.2 million people from 10 countries and four continents were found relevant for the review.

Published in the journal Circulation, the review found on average, a daily serving of processed meat, about 1-2 slices of deli meats or one hot dog, was linked to 42 percent higher risk of developing heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Mozaffarian said in a statement, "Although cause-and-effect cannot be proven by these types of long-term observational studies, all of these studies adjusted for other risk factors, which may have been different between people who were eating more versus less meat." (With Inputs from Agencies)