Study: Type 2 Diabetes risk increases with more red meat consumption

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Hot dog and steak lovers, beware - that extra helping of red meat may increase your risk for diabetes.

A new study from researchers at Harvard University has concluded that eating too much red meat could dramatically increase your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

The decade-long study, the results of which were published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that consuming about two servings of red meat per day - about one-half serving more than the average person - could increase the risk of diabetes by 48 percent.

On the contrary, reducing red meat consumption by a half serving led to a 14 percent drop in risk among survey participants. Researchers say that the large increase in diabetes risk is at least partially due to weight gain.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of the disorder, which is characterized by the body either not producing enough insulin or cells ignoring insulin entirely.

The ADA says that as of 2011, more than 8 percent of Americans were living with Type 2 Diabetes and millions more were suffering from undiagnosed symptoms.