Red Meat: Telomeres’ Friend or Foe?

With the 4th of July having just passed, and summer in full swing, the majority of Americans have consumed their fair share of burgers, steaks, and plenty of French Fries to go with them.  We all know that excessive consumption of red meats poses health challenges, and hopefully all of our readers have resumed a diet rich in greens and healthier protein sources. For those who haven’t, we will now take a quick look at the effect of consuming red meat on telomere length, and its relation to other health problems as well.

In one study, conducted on mice, it was found that the percentage of red meat consumed by mice was directly related to an increased rate of shortening of telomeres when compared to white meat consumption. Meanwhile, other studies confirm that excessive meat consumption in general, especially when combined with a diet low in vegetables and fruits, has a negative effect on temolere length.

While we are already aware of the health issues which can be caused by excessive consumption of meats, including coronary heart disease, the fact that shorter telomere length also correlates to excessive consumption of meats, helps confirm the viability of telomere measurement as a marker of a healthy life. Red meat consumption has been shown to be related to many diseases, including the development of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, and heart disease.

Generally speaking, trading the hamburger for chicken or fish is a healthy choice and may increase your odds of a long, healthy life. If you are interested in measuring your telomeres, you can read more about Titanovo’s telomere length test  and order it online here.

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