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Commentary on: Zeraatkar D, Johnston BC, Bartoszko J, et al. Effect of lower vs higher red meat intake on cardiometabolic and cancer outcomes: a systematic review of randomized trials. Ann Intern Med 2019. doi: 10.7326/M19-0622. [Epub ahead of print 1 Oct 2019].
Implications for practice and research
Moderate consumption of red meat can be part of a healthy diet, and nurses are well-placed to reinforce health eating messages.
Further research into a causative link between red meat intake and the development of disease will inform future health recommendations.
Epidemiological studies have established a link between red meat consumption and the risk of developing various diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer in humans.1 In a press release in 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer summarised available evidence regarding the potential carcinogenicity of red meat.2 …
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